The decade of Kampen
In the fourtheenth century Kampen had a fleet of over a hunderd ships, bigger than all of
the fleets of the Northern Low countries put
together. Better ships and navigation instruments led to the exploration of new fields of
trade, and the trade shifted onto the Atlantic Ocean.
The trade priviliges of the Hanze were withdrawn and the centre of
gravity of the Dutch economy shifted
towards the West. Nature also had a part in the decade of the flourishing city.
The water-supply of the river the IJssel diminished and so
the bigger ships had to avoide the habor. Efforts to improve the level were unsuccesful. Because
of the cities efforts to keep its meaning as
a city of trade, the industry never exceded the local market. Towards the end of the eighteenth
century only the monuments were left as
prove of the rich past.