People refer to Holland in the same way as they would to The Netherlands. They think Holland is the same as The Netherlands. Just to let you in on a little secret: Wrong!
So what is the difference, you may ask?
Well, the difference is that The Netherlands (the kingdom as we know it nowadays) came into existence after Napoleon (1830). Between 1815 and 1830 The Kingdom of The Netherlands also included Belgium. Nowadays The Netherlands consists out of twelve provinces: Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe, Overijssel, Flevoland, Gelderland, Utrecht, North-Holland,South-Holland, North Brabant, Limburg, and Zealand.
OMG, New Zealand's part of this too, for heaven's sake ~?
No, forget New Zealand, for now~
So what is Holland then?
Two of the twelve provinces in The Netherlands have the name Holland, 'North Holland' and 'South Holland'. The major cities, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague are located in these two provinces. So if you have ever been to The Netherlands, chances are very good that you have been to Holland.
Think 'Texas' and 'Hawai'i ~
Why does everyone refer to The Netherlands as Holland, and vice-versa?
To answer that question, a brief history lesson:
When the Dutch went out into the world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century) to establish trading routes, most ships came from the two provinces now called North Holland and South Holland. The Netherlands did not exist at that time yet, so when you'd ask the sailor where he was from he'd respond with the name of the city-state. Most of the time the sailor response would be that he was from "Holland".
Ever since Holland has been a synonym for the area that would later be called The Netherlands.
To Be Dutch is to be a person from The Netherlands, possibly from Holland.
So where can I find all the famous dikes in Holland? Shuddupurmouth
To be Flemish is to be a person from Belgium, possibly from
Poteau like I am, but not the 'Poteau' here in Oklahoma--;
On the other hand, not Dutch, and not The Netherlands, but Flemish, and quite likely not Okie.
Yeah, sure... "Who's On First?" "Naturally."
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have a great 3-day weekend~!