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|The history of Lisse is closely related and similar to the neighboring towns of Hillegom and Sassenheim.
Based on a document from 1198 which makes official mention of the
town's name, Lisse celebrated its 800-year anniversary in 1998, although
there is an indication that there was already a settlement there in the
In the Middle Ages, Lisse was a small settlement; there were only 50 houses in 1500. Because of prolonged warfare (particularly the wars of Charles the Bold and the Eighty Years' War), poverty was prevalent. Its population lived from agriculture, animal husbandry, and peat harvesting.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, Lisse was, like Hillegom, home to many estates of rich merchants and nobility. The forests and gardens of the Keukenhof, and of these other estates were removed to make way for the cultivation of bulb flowers. The sandy soil in Lisse's surroundings were highly suitable for its growth provided the soil was fertilized. The nearby dunes were excavated and forests cut down progressively over time for more fields for the flower business. This brought employment and prosperity to this area.
When I first met my husband in March 1963 he took me to Lisse, where we visited Keukenhof. For me it was the first time to see this beautiful park. It was spring after a long and very cold winter. It was a delightful and wonderful display of a great variety of flowering bulbs like tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. This park is a very important attraction for tourists from all over the world. The photos I show, are from an unknown photographer and I got them from an e-mail friend.
You can visit this site: http://www.keukenhof.nl/
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