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New Netherland

New Amsterdam




The French founded a fort where present day Peoria is in 1680 but it was destroyed in a native raid and had to be rebuilt in 1683. By the turn of the 17th century Peoria was a small civilian settlement and outpost of French control in the "Upper Country". After Prince Maurice's war and Dutch annexation of the Meerenland in 1755 and the creation of the Dutch Mississippi colony in 1761 the settlement grew in importance as a hub of Dutch colonial administration. In the early and mid 19th century Peoria was overshadowed by other growing cities in Meerenland and it wasn't until the post-war railroad boom in the 1860's and 1870's that Peoria really started to become a major city in North America. Due to it's geographic location and history as an administrative center of the Dutch, Peoria became Tussenland's premier railroad hub. Overtime Peoria grew to become one of Tuseenland's largest cities, Meerenland's largest city and one of the largest cities in North America. During this time Meerenland lost a lot of it's historic Old Country French cultural influence and has become a city that melded Dutch-Amerikaener, French-Meerenlander, native and immigrant influences into its diverse urban fabric.


The 2nd largest city in Meerenland and the largest throughly Francophone city in the province. Detroit grew rapidly from it's humble beginnings as a French fur trading fort in 1701.


The 4th largest city in Meerenland, founded in 1730 by French explorers Saint Alexis has historically been a seen as a cultural capital of Meerenland and homeland of the distinct upper-country French dialect. After the 1861 Meerenland rebellion (part of the larger Tussenland responsible government movement) and the creation of the Dutch federation of Tussenland Saint-Alexis was made the capital of Meerenland. After independence in 1910 Saint-Alexis kept as the capital of the province and while missing the large industry-boom that nearby cities of Peoria, Hulhorst, Mazoires and Detroit, the city experienced a population boom in the mid 20th century due to the rise of the University of Meerenland and an increase in the regional tourism industry. Today Saint-Alexis is known for it's thriving university, picturesque waterfront district and seat of the Meerenland provincial government.



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Founded in 1762, the settlement of Groenveld consolidated surrounding Dutch-Amerikaens settlements into a more easily defensible and centerized location after the 1762 charter of the Mississippi settler colony. Owing to it's location in the center of Mississippi Groenveld rapidly grow in importance and by the turn of the 19th century it was the premier Dutch settlement west of Daesemus and the heart of the Mississippi colony In the 19th century Groenveld became an important stop in many of the Boer-trails from NNL and Mississippi towards the newly formed Voortrekker republics. After the 1850 Dutch-Spanish War, further investment in the region to protect the heart of the Tussenland colony, migration of Suyderlings from former South Tussenland, creation of the Tussenland railroad system and further expeditions and settlements into western Tussenland cemented the role of Groenveld as a regional administrative hub for Mississippi. By the turn of the 20th century, Groenveld lost it's position as the largest cities in Mississippi to Krusdorp in the west who grew as the "Gateway to Westerzee". in the 20th century after advances in industrialized farming and agriculture central Mississippi become of the great breadbaskets of North America and Groenveld has become an important distribution hub for farmers throughout Mississippi.