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Guess the name of Johan De Witt (1615-1672) is wide known as the Dutch advocate who became the most powerful man in republic Holland (still in medieval times). Yes, he did the study of law and showed remarkable talents. He became an advocate and lived at The Hague. Althoug Johan De Witt brought about peace with England in 1654 and, being extremely succesful in bringing prosperity to Holland, he and his brother were attacked and killed by a large crowd.

This horrible, incredible story happened in the Gevangenpoort, The Hague, when Johan visited his brother there. The Hagues (yep, a very socially thinking crowd *joking*) heard about the visit, collected outside the building, burst in and, battered at the 2 brothers. Finally the crowd, mad with rage, tore them in pieces. The inside of their bodies was eaten by dogs ...

It was not before 1918 when there was a statue erected for Johan De Witt at the "Plaats", unveiled by Queen Wilhelmina. Read on the statue about his goodies (translation will be added): "Leider en dienaar der Republiek, vormer harer machtigste vloten, verdediger der vrije zee, verzorger van ?s lands gelden, wiskundige, een volmaakt Hollander."

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  • Updated May 10, 2005
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