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From the 14th century on, Amsterdam flourished, largely from trade with the Hanseatic League.
In 1345, an alleged Eucharistic miracle in the Kalverstraat rendered the city an important place of pilgrimage until the adoption of the Protestant faith.
Strongly pushed by Dutch Revolt leader William the Silent, the Dutch Republic became known for its relative religious tolerance.
Jews from the Iberian Peninsula, Huguenots from France, prosperous merchants and printers from Flanders, and economic and religious refugees from the Spanish-controlled parts of the Low Countries found safety in Amsterdam.
The main reasons for the uprising were the imposition of new taxes, the tenth penny, and the religious persecution of Protestants by the newly introduced Inquisition.
The revolt escalated into the Eighty Years' War, which ultimately led to Dutch independence.
Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century), a result of its innovative developments in trade.The influx of Flemish printers and the city's intellectual tolerance made Amsterdam a centre for the European free press.Ships sailed from Amsterdam to the Baltic Sea, North America, and Africa, as well as present-day Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, and Brazil, forming the basis of a worldwide trading network.Amsterdam's prosperity declined during the 18th and early 19th centuries.The wars of the Dutch Republic with England and France took their toll on Amsterdam.