We are now on the 'Randmeren', a series of lakes between the old land and the newly reclaimed polders in what used to be the Zuiderzee. Here is a map showing the Zuiderzee, before 1932 when the Afsluitdijk, a dike between Noord Holland and Friesland was built:
On the right hand side you see the river IJssel running into the sea, south of that is Elburg. You can also find Blokzijl where we were yesterday and Spakenburg where we head for tomorrow. The islands of Schokland and Urk are also easily found.
From 1850 there were plans to close the Zuiderzee off, firstly to protect the land from the many devastating floods but also to be able to reclaim valuable agricultural land from the sea.
In 1914, the plan looked like this:
The shaded parts were going to be the 'new land'.
The 'Afsluitdijk ' was eventually completed in 1932 and the polders were constructed in the decennia thereafter although not exactly according to this map. There is that string of lakes between the old land and the South Eastern polder and the South Western polder was never built.
Both maps were taken from the book 'Langs de Zuiderzee', written by my great grandfather in 1912. Henk and Ria Nooter kindly gave us a copy a few days ago.