Mata Hari - Mata Hari: The Seductive Spy Mata Hari was born...

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Mata Hari: The Seductive Spy Mata Hari was born in the Dutch Netherlands as Margaretha Zelle. Her father was a wealthy hat shop owner who determined she would have all the best all the time. She excelled in school and told the townspeople she lived in a castle. Unfortunately, her town’s economy collapsed and her father declared bankruptcy. Her family’s possessions were sold, which led to the split of her family. Her father left and her mother soon died after. Margaretha trained to be a schoolteacher at age nineteen, but was expelled for a scandal with the school’s headmaster. Because her career opportunities were exhausted, she looked for a husband. She answered a newspaper ad of a Dutch naval officer and was engaged to him within a few days. They moved to Java where she was thrilled to indulge in the culture of the natives, who were at ease with themselves. She became very involved in the natives’ dances, and they gave her the name Mata Hari, which means eye of the dawn. Although she had two children, her marriage made her desperately unhappy.
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course HIS 102 taught by Professor Lindley during the Spring '08 term at Union University TN.

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Mata Hari - Mata Hari: The Seductive Spy Mata Hari was born...

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