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Owning the right to call it the biggest and most important city in the world for over a century, the Dutch golden age in the 1600s brought along new and revolutionary ideas towards what really made a financial capital. Establishing the very first central bank in the Bank of Amsterdam in 1608, the city introduced the world to the concept of bank money, providing one of the best and most reliable sources of income for national and international trading. Many of the Dutch models set up during their dominance on the world stage would come to be copied by the likes of Sweden, France and the United Kingdom later on. 

Written by James Metcalfe

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