The area was first settled around 900 AD, but heavy flooding wiped out the town in 1150. A river dam was built there in the 1260's, and a new town grew around it. By 1340, it was officially granted city status.
Today, Rotterdam is considered a fast-growing city that is coming into its own character aside from its reputation as a major port. The city is well known for its dramatic, modern architecture, with an eclectic array of design and innovations. The city is considered to have a youthful, fast-paced culture.
People Born in Rotterdam
Rotterdam in People's Lives
William Penn: I stayed in this city in 1677, while on a missionary voyage on the Quaker's behalf.