FOUNDATION OF THE BOAS BANKING COMPANY
In the 18th century one of the most famous Jewish citizens of Den Haag was the Aschkenazi banker Tobias Boaz (1696-1782), son of a Polish immigrant. In 1690 his father acquired the citizenship of Den Haag. In 1703 he tried to become a member of the wine buyers guild, but was rejected. He then started to trade in jewellery, gold and textiles. In 1716 father and son Tobias started to work together with Hendrik van de Casteele. This cooperation developed into the banking house Boas. Tobias Boas increased the trading activities and managed to make his bank internationally famous.