That would be the party led by the Rev. Albertus Van Raalte, who left religious oppression in the Netherlands in 1846 for America, finally settling in what is now Holland in February 1847.
In their book "Dutch Heritage in Kent and Ottawa Counties" for the "Images of America" series, Norma Lewis and Jay de Vries noted that, "Van Raalte chose an isolated wilderness at the mouth of the Black River to establish the 'kolonie.' The February snow was sometimes waist deep, and the forest so dense it was impossible to properly swing an axe, but the tenacious Dutchmen forged on."
The Van Raalte party and their followers put down roots in the Holland area, Lewis and de Vries wrote, and named them after the Dutch provinces where they came from: Vriesland, Graafschap, Overisel, Zeeland, Drenthe and Bentheim.
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