Tile Singel 267: van den Enden

Nobody can deny that the whole is greater than its part. Also the wisdom and knowledge of a whole people is greater than the knowledge of a few among the same people. (1665)

Van den Enden was far ahead of his time. He was one of the first to oppose slavery, he advocated free education to make sure everyone could develop their talents, and he was pro democracy, as becomes clear in this quote. He taught Latin at the Latin school on the Singel, which was most likely based at number 267. But besides Latin, he also taught his pupils, including Spinoza, to be critical and independent thinkers. He died in Paris, where he received the death penalty for participating in a revolt against the sovereign.