A pictorial history of the early Dutch settlers had who left their native country motivated by a potato famine and crop failures, as well as religious freedom, they left an indelible mark on the character of these two Southwest Michigan counties. Brought by fertile farmland and abundant jobs in the cities, they soon started businesses and became leaders and philanthropists. Art, literature, music, and education thrived. Dutch forefathers passed their values on their progeny and the area still feels the influence.