Gloss, glory and misery

Moreover, The Hague was home to the House of Orange, who enjoyed a dominant position as Stadtholders. Around the Binnenhof, the world’s oldest surviving centre of government, palatial mansions were built to house diplomats and the wealthy elite. Their presence stimulated the production of luxury goods and ambitious architectural projects. But what was the situation with regard to poverty, child mortality, trade in products from the colonies, and slavery?