For school children, students and anyone curious about Dutch history there is the Canon of the Netherlands. It’s a list of the 50 most important people and events in Dutch history. Critics complain that it pays too little attention to the negative and shameful side of the past. They argue for a Black Canon (Zwarte Canon).
Like many nations, the Dutch are rather proud of their history. Fortunately, there are many highlights and exploits to report. Six years ago, the main facts about Dutch history were put together in a list by an expert committee.