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Capitalism and Cartography in the Dutch Golden Age$
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Elizabeth A. Sutton

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226254784

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226254814.001.0001

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Capitalism and Cartography in Amsterdam

Capitalism and Cartography in Amsterdam

(p.43) Three Capitalism and Cartography in Amsterdam
Capitalism and Cartography in the Dutch Golden Age

Elizabeth A. Sutton

University of Chicago Press

The printed maps that documented and celebrated the growth of the city of Amsterdam as an economic center are the focus of this chapter. Special attention is paid to the Beemster project in order to explore the development of cultural and legal conceptions of private property, industry, and civic duty. It is argued that published maps of the city pictorially emphasized Amsterdam’s role as a global emporium and established the land as historically significant to the young nation. These published maps reflect contemporary humanist thoughts about rational organization of space, bounded and exclusive property, government, industry, and the relationship between the virtuous citizen and state, and state and industry that developed from capitalist expansionism.

Keywords:   Amsterdam, Beemster, Hugo Grotius, land reclamation, maps

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