|The early history covers the
period 1200-1585. Amsterdam developed round a dam in the Amstel river at
the end of the 12th century. The name Amstelledamme occurs for the first
time in the toll concession of Floris V, Count of Holland, dated October
27, 1275. During the 14th, but especially the 15th century, Amsterdam underwent
a rapid development, which laid the foundation for the Golden Age.
Aerial map (woodcut) by Cornelis Anthoniszoon (1544)