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Coffee House History

In most countries, coffee houses initially were considered the territory of men. Women were either banned or severely discouraged from going into these dens of political, financial and/or religious discussion. The exception was Holland, where from the 17th century, women were as much a part of the coffee house scene as men. It’s a good thing for American women that the enlightened Dutch founded New York and brought their concept of coffee houses to the New World. Perhaps the early American coffee houses were not only a hotbed for the upcoming revolution, but also the first step toward the future emancipation of American women

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