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In an article, entitled, "Southern Settlements," written on this date by Albertus C. Raalte and published in De Hope on June 24, the proposed settlement in Virginia is outlined. Berend J. Veeneklaassen, Albert Bolks, H. Grebel, J. H. Boone, Jan van de Riet, Meeuwis Hulsebos and others are negotiating to purchase 4,500 acres of land thirty eight miles from Richmond and call the settlement, "Richmonds Westpoint."The price is $12 per acre. V.R. asked the editor to have this article copied also in the Netherlands to encourage emigrants to come to America to this new colony. He said, "We want and desire to see the Dutch, their language and their churches flourish in this open and cultivated region, with such a favorable climate, so rich in raw materials, and so near the Atlantic ocean." Van Raalte is very optimistic about the proposed colony and its prospects.
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Kennedy, Simone, "Article "Souther Settlements" Published in De Hope by A. C. Van Raalte" (1868). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 473.