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Since 1830 Belgium was striving to gain its independence from the Netherlands in 1830. The London Convention of April 19 1839, also known as the Article XXIV of the Convention, marks the recognition of the Belgian independence. Belgium was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II.
The country prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU. Tensions between the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking Walloons of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments granting these regions formal recognition and autonomy.
Brussels* (Bruxelles) capital region
Flanders* region (five provinces):
Wallonia Region (five provinces):
This information comes from the periodical "Belgian Laces": Here is a web-site that will help ou find villages or towns that may no longer exist on current Belgian maps: Notre Belgique
- "Le Saviez-vous" gives you a story behind the creation of Belgium's National Anthem, "La Brabançonne" - "Vieux Metiers" contains a short list of occupations (in French) - "Dictionnaires" offers 3 choices - A 1802 Geographic Dictionary of all Departments in Frnace (3 volumes in alphabetical order) - A Geographic dictionary of the 13 Departments in Belgium and East of the Rhein River (2 volumes) - A 1882 Belgian Geographic dictionary They ar expecting to add more books in the future. Nine are currently underway.
- Bibliotheque - under Construction - will offer - Etymology - Toponymy - History of Belgium - Dictionary of localities
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