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A report on the Holland Colony in the Grand River Eagle, p. 2, by a traveler who recently visited the settlement of the Hollanders. Although there are many log buildings, many frame buildings in American style have been erected. The settlers are learning the American style of cutting down trees. The writer gives an extensive description of the windmill which the person considers a "curiosity." A steam mill under construction will be much better because it does not have to depend upon the wind. "These Hollanders are, on the whole, the most valuable body of settlers that have arrived from any foreign country for many years." Zeeland has no liquor sold in the community at all. The Hollanders are compared to the Pilgrim settlers who came to America earlier. The Hollanders have come "for the enjoyment of civil and religious liberty."




Description of the document by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


Grand River Eagle, July 6, 1849, p. 2.

Report on the Holland Colony in the Grand River Eagle