This willingness of the polders on the island of Cadzand to support each other in times of need may seem reasonable from a modern perspective, but in the early modern period, such behaviour was exceptional; neither was it based on historical precedent in the region.
The States-General followed the same procedure for such grants as for the grants to reclaim new polders. (33) The request was handed to the state's executive committee, the Council of State (Raad van State), which had to decide whether the tax exemption was justifiable.
How the federal government and its advisers tried to reach an equitable distribution of the costs of calamitous polders is illustrated by the procedure that followed a request for support from two polders near Nieuwvliet in 1739.
Most of Walcheren was one large polder, so the three cities of this island had no objections to making the inland polders contribute.
Meanwhile, the Zeeland Audit Office tried to arrange support from adjacent polders on a voluntary basis, an attempt that met with limited success.
Next to Aaron Betsky's house on a polder 18 feet below sea level is a small grey box with a red light.
The trio of shows at the NAI focused on a diversity of water-related aspects, such as the historical development of the polder, which so rationalises and defines the Duch landscape, and a comparative study of three geologically similar bays (Tokyo, Venice and Amsterdam) that spawned thriving but very different water cities following initial land reclamation in the sixteenth century.
And 80 percent of black-tailed godwits, refined birds with brown slender bodies and long beaks, call the Dutch polder home.
The black stern, a rare bird of the polder, used to breed on floating peat bogs found in the area, so volunteers now create floats for them to nest and breed on, as floating peat is scarce.