Origins of Ameland
"Opgeweld uit wier en zand, Gans omspoeld door zilte baren, Moge God het steeds bewaren: ons plekje, rijk aan duin en strand, het ons zo lieve Ameland!" Those are the first lines of the Ameland anthem.
Ameland used to be a source of fights in the past. If is wasn't between the Ameland people and its rulers, it was between the family members of the rulers.
De Amelander Schalken
On a regular basis wood washed up on the beach, from ships that were lost off the coast. The local population gratefully made use of this.