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"Tulips do not come from the Netherlands"

Tulips are original from Central Asia. From there they reached in Turkey, where they were baptized, called thus because of their turban shape. In Turkey, the tulip, which seems so Dutch to us, is the national flower and the symbol of life. In 1560, the Austrian envoy, brought tulips from Constantinople to Vienna, where the imperial court botanist - Charles de l'Ecluse (also known as Clusius, 1526-1609) - developed a passion for this flower. In1593, when he reached as professor at Laiden brought the flower with him. In the seventeenth century "tulip mania" conquered all of the Europe, with the point of origin in the Netherlands. Tulip bulbs became profitable goods and were sold at high prices.
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