Once upon a time, the Netherlands was a confederation of seven provinces known as the “Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden” (translation: Republic of the Seven United Provinces). It largely covered the territory of today’s Netherlands.
This Dutch Republic was established between 1588 and 1795. Each of the provinces controlled its own territory and were very independent. Members of the seven states had their seats in the “Staten-Generaal” or the States General, consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives, based in The Hague.
The provinces of the republic were:
There was actually an eighth province, the county of Drenthe. But it was a poor state so it was exempted from paying federal taxes and did not have a seat in the States General on account of its poverty.
And apparently was also disregarded among these stately canal houses when they were built along the Prinsengracht!
Amazingly, these are known as 𝗗𝗲 𝗭𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗲̈𝗻 𝗼𝗿 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘀, built between 1714 and 1725 by Benjamin Dutry. Each house bears the names of the Dutch Republic’s seven provinces. You can admire these houses located between the streets of Leidsegracht and the Leidsestraat in Amsterdam.