Dutchmen in the Civil War

This poem was made by a mr. Grootemaat from Kalamazoo, Michigan.

 

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The Van Raaltes - Letters from a Dutch Family

LettersAlbertus Christiaan Van Raalte II was born in 1811 in the town of Wanneperveen which is in the province of Overijssel. Because of religious ideas Van Raalte who was a minister, his wife and their five children decided to leave the Netherlands for the new world. They sailed on september 24, 1846, with people from Van Raalte's and other congregations, from the city of Rotterdam on a ship called the Southerner to New York City. From there Van Raalte and his people traveled to Michigan. Here they founded a new colony called Holland.

 

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