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The ascent of the Frisians. The Dutch Commercial System and the market for maritime transport, 1550-1800.

On the first of August 2009 the University of Groningen started a research project that will make use of the STR-online: The Ascent of the Frisians. The Dutch Commercial System and the Market for Maritime Transport, 1550-1800.'This project will take four years and will be carried out by two PhD students and one post-doc, supervised Dr. Jan Willem Veluwenkamp, Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen: (j.w.veluwenkamp@rug.nl). The PhD students are Simone Steenbeek en Jelle Jan Koopmans. Werner Scheltjens joined us as post-doc on 1 August 2010. The ascent of the Frisians involves the analysis of the Dutch maritime transport market in the period 1550-1800. Long-term shifts of the regional division of shipmasters domiciles and the strong ascent of Frisian shipmasters in the navigation to the Baltic in the eighteenth century will be explained as results of structural changes of supply and demand of transport services. The project will contribute to the understanding of the development of the Dutch commercial system and the economies of Holland, Friesland and the Wadden Islands, where most shipmasters lived.