Hindeloopen is a small attractive town on the Frisian coast on the edge of the IJsselmeer, the former Zuiderzee.
Hindeloopen was an important trading town since the Middle Ages. There are entertain intense trade relations with Lubeck and other Hanseatic cities. There were timber trade with Norway.
Between 1650 and 1790 in the heyday of the Netherlands, the so-called Golden Age, the city had its most successful period with a fleet of times more than 80 merchant ships. There were large scale goods from the colonies imported and then sold in Europe. From that time, many captains' houses, reminding us how rich Hindeloopen come.
With the competition from England and France, which were the small Netherlands especially superior militarily strengthening, began towards the end of the 18th century, the decline of the Netherlands and the decline of the city. Towards the end of the 19th century it came through increased fishing again an improvement.