Hunting with hounds in The Netherlands was first mentioned in the 16th century. The Netherlands did not differ from other countries in that hunting was a privilige for the nobility and especially “stadhouder” William III (King William I in England) promoted this sport strongly at the end of the 17th century by building hunting estates (Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn) and developing hunting territories. In 1702 he died in London as a consequence of a hunting accident.
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