Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dutch Connections

Reading up on Dutch history.  Apparently it was the people from the north of the country that first began to make “recognizable changes” to the land for flood protection.  The earliest flood protection system was made up of mounds known as terpen in Friesland.  I’ll have to familiarize myself with Frysk, or West Frisian (the language of Friesland), before undertaking a trip to Dokkum where many of my ancestors emigrated from and came to America.  It seems that my water and engineering interest is in my blood.  In a way I’m working on the same main problem they were – flood vulnerability.

Town of Dokkum (an ancient city of Friesland) in a sea of agriculture

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