Escorted Rail Tours to Edam
'Edam' is more famous for its cheese than anything else. For centuries the round cheeses have been sent to every corner of the world. However, Edam has a rich history beyond its cheese.
Edam was a prosperous farming and fishing town, which developed a thriving shipbuilding industry. At one time Edam had 33 shipyards building many famous ships, including 'Halve Maan', the ship that the Englishman Henry Hudson sailed in 1609 when attempting to discover a northern route to the East Indies. His voyage was not a complete success, however, as he landed instead on the island of Manhattan.
The success of Edam cheese is certainly linked to its shipbuilding and sea-faring history. The cheese aged well and was therefore an excellent option for long-distance voyages. From the 14th century until the 18th century, Edam was arguably the world's most popular cheese, eaten at sea and in colonies across the world.