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Schokland was once an island, but in the Second World War, the Dutch reclaimed the land from the water that surrounded island into the Noordoostpolder (North-east polder), and thus also definitively saved Schokland.
Halfway the nineteenth century the island had had so much to endure by the sea - which took away most of the land of the islet - that the king of the Netherlands ordered its eviction.
Unfortunately its saviour will also mean its end, as the clay on which the now former Island is slowly drying out. The island already lies 1.5 meters lowert than in lied in the fifties.
At Schokland, which lies around 5 km southeast of Emmeloord, next to the village of Nagele, is a museum. In the museum are changing exhibitions and also a histoical exhibition about the life of the former island. Some remnants of prehestoric inhabitants of the island are on display.
From Schokland you can make a small walk or bike-tour around the contours of the former island. Especially in the summer this is a nice experience, on the bottom of the former sea, between the grane fields.