Castrolanda, Brazil, South America
Year1951latitude: -24° 47'
longitude: -49° 56'
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Nationality initiator(s)Dutch
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type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
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Company Town
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Castrolanda was founded in 1951 by Dutch farmers from the Zuid-Holland region. The name of the town derives from 'Castro', the name of the municipality Castrolanda is part of, and Holanda, portuguese for Holland. The first Dutch settlers founded the colony as part of a mission of the reformed evangelic church. Because of that, the church is an important factor in the social and the urban fabric of the town. Apart from the religious message, the settlers also imported dutch agriculture to the region. They started a corporative agriculture union to produce milk, meat, grain, etc.. Today, the corporation is the most important producer of milk in South Brazil. Apart from the dutch church the town follows the neat layout of a dutch agriculture town. In 2000, because of the 50th anniversary of the colony, a traditional dutch mill was constructed in the town, making the parallel with dutch towns even stronger.

source: Ellen van Holstein, 17-2-11

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