Ameland has a rich culture. As soon as you arrive on the island, this will become immediately apparent from the old commander's houses and the many other monuments on the island.
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.
It is known that maritime transport used Ameland as place of refuge, the supposed beginning of later settlements.
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.