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Cedar Shakes, Red Clay Bricks, and the Great Fire: Walloon-Speaking Belgians on Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula (2013)
DOCUMENT Citation Only John D. Richards. Patricia B. Richards.

Encouraged by earlier emigrants as well as boosterism by steamship companies, some 60,000 Belgians immigrated to the United States before 1900. A particularly dense concentration of Walloon speakers settled the southern portion of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula and by 1860 over 60% of this area was Belgian owned. Today, the area harbors the largest concentration of Belgian-American vernacular architecture in North America and is remarkable for the presence of well-preserved agrarian landscapes as...