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A report in the Grand River Eagle, p. 2, on the "Holland Colony in Western Michigan, &c. Kalamazoo, Mich. Aug. 31, 1849" and first printed in the Tribune [?]. The person who is unnamed made a visit to the Colony. The Hollanders now outnumber the Americans in both Ottawa and Allegan counties. The state just donated 3,000 acres to make roads and 4,000 for a pier. The city is "under the superintendenc of Dominie Van Raalte, (the principal man of the colony,) containing 235 houses." "These Hollanders are very prayerful people, and carry their devotions to the bees or meetings for common work." "What a noble and self-sacrificing spirit do these persecuted emigrants display! How similar to the Puritan settlers of New England. Driven from Holland for his religious principles, but a few years since, with only a few followers, we now, find Van Raalte at the head of a mighty and flourishing colony, destined to be a great emporium for Lake traffic." The author also mentions the Alto colony under Dominie Baay near Waupun, Wisconsin. "There were a few cases of Cholera among the emigrants this season, but it has now entirely disappeared." Rev. Klijn's arrival is also mentioned.




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, September 28, 1849, p. 2.

Report in the Grand River Eagle Which Was Originally Published in the Tribune?