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The Bankroetiers (Defaulters) were a small branch of Dutch Mennonites who separated in 1598 from the Huiskoopers or Old Flemish. Jacob Pieters van der Meulen, a leader of the Huiskoopers, did not think it necessary to excommunicate a brother for bankruptcy. Other leaders, especially Hans Busschaert, held the opposite view. The outcome was that van der Meulen was excommunicated with the debtor and his following. They formed a group known as the Bankroetiers. This group was, however, soon dissolved.


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Author(s) J Loosjes
Date Published 1953

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Loosjes, J. "Bankroetiers (Defaulters)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 31 Mar 2015.

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Loosjes, J. (1953). Bankroetiers (Defaulters). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 31 March 2015, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 223. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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