Marken was an island until 1957 when it was connected to the mainland by a dike road.
Thanks to this road which gave easy access to settlers, the number of houses and inhabitants grew exponentially.
The first settlers of Marken were monks back in the 13th century and their main living was based on farming and animal husbandry. Later on, fishing increasingly became a main source of living which consequently attracted even more settlers to Marken. In order to improve trade with Amsterdam, King William I built the Goudarian channel. This channel was never completed, demolished and filled in over the years. The locks still remain on both sides of this forgotten feat.
Colorful costumes were part of the inhabitants back then, which you can still see nowadays on special events such as Queen’s Day.