EDAM, a town of Holland in the province of North Holland, close to the Zuider Zee, about 13 m.
The facades are frequently adorned with carvings and inscriptions, one of which records the legend of the capture of a siren in 1403, who lived for some time among the people of Edam, but escaped again to the sea.
Edam has some trade in timber, while shipbuilding, rope-spinning and salt-boiling are also carried on.
Edam took its name and origin from the dam built on the little river Ye which joined the great Purmer lake close by.
In the next century Edam was a great shipbuilding centre, and nearly the whole of Admiral de Ruyter's fleet was built here; but in the same century the harbour began to get blocked up, and the importance and industrial activity of the city slowly waned.