In the year 1622, one-third of the lands of Canvey Island was given in fee simple to Joas Croppenburgh, a Dutchman, in consideration of his securing the island from the overflowing of the tide and the encroachment of the sea. He accordingly built dykes on the Dutch principle. These remain to this day. In the island there is now no Dutch community.
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