Due to the breaking of the dike at Zoetermeer and a lot of luck, the swampy lands around Leiden were flooded by the Sea Beggars and the army of William of Orange.

The Spaniards had to flee, and on October 3, 1574, a little orphan boy left town and found a jar of ”hutspot” (mashed potoes mixed with carrots and onios) in the abandoned army camp.

The liberation of Leiden is called ‘Leids Ontzet’, and is celebrated every year on the 3th of October.

Part of the celebration is eating hutspot together, but also another snack which was brought by the Sea Beggars.

Which typical Dutch meal do you think they brought?

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