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Overlanders, a 16th-century term used in Holland for Mennonites of Germany and particularly those in South Germany. Hans de Ries, the leader of the Waterlander Mennonites in Holland about 1616, wrote a letter (undated) to the "Overlandsche Breeders," seeking to make peace with them (Inv. Arch. Amst. I, No. 556). But soon, especially after a large number of Mennonites from Germany had moved to the Netherlands, the name of "Overlanders" disappeared, both the Mennonites in Germany and those who had moved to Holland generally being called "Hoogduitsche Doopsgezinden" (High German Mennonites). Alenson (BRN VII, 190) says that the Overlanders did not accept the view on the Incarnation taught by Menno Simons and the strict Dutch leaders; and it was said (BRN VII, 460, 465) that the Overlanders were mild in the practice of banning. De Hoop Scheffer's idea (DB 1877, 68) that the "Overlandsch" dialect was spoken in North Germany is not correct. (See also High German Mennonites.)

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Overlanders." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 31 May 2016.

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