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Netherlands - History

Netherlands - History
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.08

     challenging words:    anti-Catholic, now-independent, progressive, unpopular, far-off, revolt, riches, founded, emperor, french, invaders, independence, refused, particularly, ruler, lasted
     content words:    Roman Empire, Habsburg Empire, Philip II, Martin Luther, Catholic Church, Golden Age, Far East, Dutch East India Company, United Kingdom, European Union

Netherlands - History
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman

1     The Netherlands, also known as Holland, is an independent and fiercely progressive state. The current state of the Netherlands is founded in its history of fighting for independence, particularly from religious rule.
2     Not much is known about the original inhabitants of the Netherlands. More than 2,000 years ago, various tribes occupied the area that is now Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. These countries would come to be known as the "low countries." For many centuries, different kingdoms would rule these tribes, including the Roman Empire.
3     Around 300 AD, invaders from neighboring Germany, the Franks, would come to rule much of the Netherlands. The Franks brought Christianity with them and forced it on the natives. The growth of Christianity there would later drive an important division in Netherlands, and in its region of Europe. By 800 AD, the region was governed by the greatest Frankish king, Charlemagne.

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