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A.C. Van Raalte A.C. Van Raalte

Dutch Leader and American Patriot

by Jacobson, Jeanne M and Bruins, Elton J. and Wagenaar, Larry J.

Published for the Holland (Michigan) sesquicentennial, the authors survey Van Raalte’s role and leadership of Secession-ists in the Netherlands, and later in the U.S.A. where they joined the Reformed Church in America, a denomination founded by Dutch speaking colonists in the early 1600s. Van Raalte and his 50 followers arrived on the sailing ship ‘the Southener’ in New York in 1846. Within months, they selected a townsite in dense Michigan forests where they and hundreds who joined them literally carved a living out of the forests. How they survived Michigan’s harsh climate, hard frontier life, deprivation and hunger, initial high mortality, isolation, serious setbacks and went on to prosper is detailed in this interesting volume.

Hardcover, 247 pages, Illustrations, coffee table book format, notes, bibliography, index, with jacket.

USD 29.95 / CAD 29.95

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