A time to gather, a time to scatter: Dutch-American settlement in Minnesota, 1885–1910
Theodore F. Koch, a Dutch-American real estate promoter, convinced Dutch Calvinists to settle in two colonies in Minnesota in 1886 and 1896. The first, Prinsburg, became a permanent fixture on the map, a place that still retains a strong identity based upon Dutch ethnicity and Calvinist religion. The second, Friesland, failed to survive as an ethnic community. While economics and familial consideration played roles in the outcomes, religion proved to be the most decisive reason for the endurance of the first colony, and the demise of the second.
Minority & ethnic groups;
0631: Minority & ethnic groups