Louis DE GEER

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Industrialist, Businessman

BelgianBorn Louis DE GEER

Walloon/Dutch merchant and industrialist

Born on November 17, 1587 in Liège, Belgium , Belgium

Died on June 19, 1652 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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De Geer was born in Liège/Luik in what today is considered Belgium. He was a brother-in-law of the famous Dutch author P.C. Hooft. In those days Liège was already famous for its iron ore. He set up as a coppersmith in Rouen and in 1611 eventually reached Dordrecht. Having earned a fortune as a banker and industrialist he moved to Amsterdam in 1615. Owing to his extensive travels he received a good education in business.



With the outbreak of the Thirty Years War the demand for weapons increased enormously. In 1618 De Geer delivered weapons to Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, the Swedish king. Impressed by his business instincts the Swedish Crown allowed him to lease estates near Finspång, Östergötland in eastern Sweden proper. Before long, De Geer had established a formidable workshop industry there. In 1623 he was active in a Swedish trading company.

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