MAATSCHAPPIJ VAN WELDADIGHEID
You will find Museum De Proefkolonie in Frederiksoord, the first ‘trial colony’ of the Maatschappij van Weldadigheid founded by Johannes van den Bosch. Around two hundred years ago, this General was a Member of Parliament, Minister of State and King Willem I’s confidant. This visionary idealist believed in the makeable society and had an ambitious plan to end the impoverishment in the cities after Napoleon’s departure from our country. The core of his solution consisted of offering accommodation, work, education and care within newly established agricultural colonies in Drenthe.
Are you wondering whether you have any ancestors in the colonies? Then take a look at allekolonisten.nl