Durgerdam is a village in the Dutch province of North Holland. It is a part of the municipality of Amsterdam and hosts about 430 inhabitants.
In 1421 the Zuiderzee had a very large flood: the St. Elisabeth's flood. To prevent the repetition of such a disaster, the people of this area were authorized to build a seawall in 1422, called the Water Zeedijk. In the curve of the dike was the village of Durgerdam. The original name, modified during the centuries, was Ydoornickerdam, until the St. Elisabeth flood engulfed the IJdoorn hamlet. This hamlet was located at the Lighthouse Island in what is now the outer polder embankment IJdoorn.
In earlier centuries, the Durgerdam activities were focused on shipping and trade. In the eighteenth century, when many people came for employment, a lot of fishmongers appeared. With the closure of the Zuiderzee in 1932, that income vanished. Today, many residents are commuting, working for the biggest part in the Amsterdam area. Durgerdam is now mainly oriented towards tourism, and specified in catering .
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