The present province of Utrecht belonged to the territory of the Catholic bishop of Utrecht until 1528, when Emperor Charles V attached it to his dominions. In 1577 Utrecht broke away from Spanish tyranny and joined the United Provinces of the Netherlands, then governed by William of Orange. About this time Calvinism became predominant in the province and the Mennonites were no longer persecuted. The relative smallness of the Mennonite congregations in this province may have made the Calvinists of Utrecht more tolerant than they were elsewhere.
In the early 17th century there were in the province, besides Utrecht city, Mennonite congregations at Amersfoort, Bunschoten, Spakenburg, Maarseveen, and Veenendaal, all of which died out in the 17th-18th centuries; from 1754 to 1923 the congregation in the city of Utrecht was the only one in this province.
According to the official census there were in this province 340 Mennonites in 1859, 1,088 in 1899, and 2,912 in 1947. The total number of baptized members of the Mennonite church in the province of Utrecht was 100 in 1847, 553 in 1900, and 1,337 in 1958.
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