It is not exactly known when the first inhabitants started to arrive in, what we call nowadays, The Netherlands. A big part of The Netherlands was not even land in the early days. Back in those days the area existed out of a lot of wetlands as The Netherlands is one big delta.
At first, it were the hunter-gatherers. Later on, Germanic tribes inhabited the area and brought agriculture into the province. As the centuries passed and the people evolved, the economy in the area was flourishing and brought even more people to the area.
Provinces weren’t made in a day, as we all know. Hundreds of years of war against the Roman Empire, the Spanish and the French, and arguments and discussions between many districts and earls eventually led to the creation of Noord-Holland. The current province was established in 1840 after the split between Holland. This split divided the previous province of Holland into Zuid- (South-) Holland and Noord- Holland. In that year it was also decided that Haarlem was the capital of Noord- Holland.
More information on the history of The Netherlands and its provinces is to come soon, so stay tuned.