Getting started with Belgium research
Since the middle ages, Belgium has been dominated by powerful nations such as Spain, France, and the Netherlandsd. Although it social, political, and relgious identity has evolved over these many years it began to earnestly 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):
The following information comes from the periodical "Belgian Laces": Here is a web-site that will help you 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:
They ar expecting to add more books in the future. Nine are currently underway.
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