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CultureShock! Netherlands by Hunt Janin

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‘I saw the danger to the land... the gaps in the dyke were jagged and dangerous because much of it had fallen into a deep breach. In the early morning I sent the drummer around to summon every person to work. Those women who had no barrows carried clay in their aprons; others carried it in sacks on their shoulders; still others made bundles of sticks... I managed to collect a large number of people and in the end we succeeded fully in repairing the breach.’—Andries Vierlingh, dyke-master for the princes of Orange, on how he dealt with a breach ...

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