Dutch in Michigan

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On February 9, 1847, the Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte and a band of Hollanders founded the city of Holland. Within two years the other four original colonies -- Graafschap, Zeeland, Vriesland, Overisel -- had also been established. Plagued by illness and not accustomed to the task of clearing a wilderness, the settlers found their first year a hard one, but their suffering was to be repaid in the bountiful days ahead.

Registered Site S0089
Erected 1957

Location: Centennial Park Central Avenue
Holland, Ottawa County

Early Settlers

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