The Windmills

The oldest mill is a water mill that dates back to the eighth century. 

These techniques were used to reclaim hundreds of lakes and swamps and avoid flooding of land. 

Today, windmills are a feature of the Dutch landscape and a symbol of the fight against water.  

There are over a thousand windmills in Holland; some are still used for soil drainage.

The few mills still in operation are about to lose their energy: the buildings around are getting higher and higher, so the blades of the mills can no longer capture as much wind as in the past. 

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