If you hear Napoleon, you may not immediately make the link with The Hague. Still, he had a lot of influence on the city and how people from The Hague live.

Imagine this: when someone asks where the station is in The Hague you can easily tell by saying which streets the person should walk through. That’s because of Napoleon. The Frenchman found it confusing that there were no street names in many places and obliged municipalities to enter them.

Meters and weights

Not only the street names were introduced by Napoleon: before his arrival, the Netherlands did not know a meter or kilogram. This meant that Dutch people who bought a piece of cloth, for example, measured this on the basis of everyday objects. Think of the size of a foot. While it worked fine for some residents, Napoleon found it inconvenient. He therefore entered standard sizes. He also determined how heavy one kilo is.

Who was Napoleon Bonaparte again?

Napoleon is shown in 1799 born on the French island of Corsica. He is of nobility and partly because of this he can study at the military academy. On 16 age, he is appointed second lieutenant. After the French Revolution, when the king lost his power, Napoleon became more and more popular. In 1799 he crowns himself emperor.

Expanding the Empire

After this he tries expand his empire. The troops of the French emperor are fighting in several countries. The Netherlands, Belgium and (parts of) Italy, among others, are taken. Its popularity is rapidly declining due to the many rules and violence. Yet it is only years later, in 1769, defeated at the Battle of Waterloo.

Source: NPO Knowledge.

Other changes

It doesn’t stop there in terms of changes: the French emperor finds it inconvenient that everyone drives his carriage in the middle of the road. And so, thanks to Napoleon, all Dutch people have to drive on the right. And perhaps the biggest change in the Netherlands: the

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