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Amsterdam used to be situated on the Southern sea (now-a-days "IJsselmeer"). The Amstel river was running here into the "IJ", a part of the sea, that knew tides. The canals had to be protected for these tides and also the salt water that was bad for the wooden poles on which the houses were built. Therefor locks were built. The regulated shippingtraffic, but above all the regulation of "fresh" water (see "Spuien"-customstip). The locks were then manually operated by a "sluiswachter" lockwatch. In those time a very respectable function.
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