Overview: The history of Holland surrounds a well known name in Holland, VanRaalte. When Albertus C. VanRaalte made the trek from the Netherlands, in 1847, he had not originally planned on creating a home in Holland, but there are thousands of people that are glad he did. He headed the group of Dutch immigrants to west Michigan and settled what would be known as Holland. Holland is rich in history, modern day life, and beach life. It is the perfect combination of an up-and-coming city and beach town.