|The Dutch are always thinking economical. Amsterdam
was constructed to be an efficient port with trading houses.
When the Catholic Spanish King captured the high level city
of Antwerp, the citizens who didn't want to obey the
Spanish, had to leave everything behind and leave.Some left
Antwerp for Amsterdam or any of the cities between. But life
became different. These people had lost their trust in
society as it turned against them.
want the community to own anything of spend any money except
for clearly legitimate aims. There was a tight control on
what the community could do with the taxpayers money. They
avoided all the hypocritic displays of greatness which are
so typical catholic. No cathedral in Amsterdam. Compare that
to Antwerp or Prague.