Atlas of Belgium

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Belgium

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België
Belgique
Belgien

Nederlands België - Koninkrijk België
Het Koninkrijk België is een West-Europees land begrensd door de Noordzee in het westen, Nederland in het noorden en noordoosten, Duitsland in het oosten, Luxemburg in het zuidoosten en Frankrijk in het zuiden.
Français Belgique - Royaume de Belgique
Le Royaume de Belgique est un pays de l'Europe de l'Ouest ayant une frontière commune avec les Pays-Bas, l'Allemagne, la France et le Luxembourg. Il est bordé au nord-ouest par la mer du Nord. Il s'étire sur une distance de 318 kilomètres entre Ostende et Arlon.
Deutsch Belgien - Königreich Belgien
Das Königreich Belgien ist eine föderal organisierte parlamentarische Monarchie in Westeuropa. Es grenzt an die Niederlande, Deutschland, Luxemburg, Frankreich und an die Nordsee.
English Belgium - Kingdom of Belgium

The Kingdom of Belgium is a country in northwest Europe bordered by the ► Netherlands, ► Germany, ► Luxembourg and ► France and is one of the founding and core members of the European Union. Belgium is divided into three federal autonomous regions: ► Flanders, ► Wallonia and ► Brussels.


Short name  Belgium
Official  name Kingdom of Belgium
Status Independent country since 1830, recognized 1839, member of the ► European Union since 1957
Location Western Europe
Capital Brussel (Brussels)
Bruxelles
Brüssel
Population 10,419,000 inhabitants
Area 30,528 km²
Major  languages Dutch, French, German (all official)
Major  religions Roman-Catholic
More information Belgium, Geography of Belgium, History of Belgium and Politics of Belgium
More  images Belgium - Belgium (Category).

General maps

Belgium-map-nl.png Kaart van België
Carte de Belgique en néerlandais
Map of Belgium (in Dutch)
Be-map-fr.png Carte de Belgique
Kaart van België
Map of Belgium (in French)
Be-map.png Map of Belgium (in English)
Kaart van België
Carte de Belgique en anglais
Belgium.jpg Map of Belgium (in English)

Federalism in Belgium

Belgium.geohive.gif Administratieve verdeling van België
Provinces de Belgique
Administrative divisions of Belgium
Belgium RegProv.png Regions and provinces
Gewesten en provincies
Régions et provinces
Belgique régionale.png Gewesten en provincies
Régions et provinces
Regions and provinces
BelgieGemeenschappenkaart.svg Gemeenschappen van België
Communautés de la Belgique
Community's of Belgium
Vlaamse Gemeenschap in Belgium.svg Vlaamse Gemeenschap
Communauté flamande fr:néerlandais néerlandophone
Flemish Community, Dutch speaking
Flemish Region in Belgium.svg Gewest Vlaanderen
Région flamande
Flemish region
Communauté française in Belgium.svg Communauté française de Belgique
Franse Gemeenschap
French Community
Walloon Region in Belgium.svg Wallonie
Gewest Wallonië
Walloon region
Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft in Belgium.svg Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft
Communauté germanophone de Belgique
Duitstalige Gemeenschap
German-speaking Community
Duitstalige GemeenschapGemeenten.png Communes germanophones
Municipalities
Die 9 Gemeinden
Brussels-Capital Region in Belgium.svg Région de Bruxelles-Capitale
Gewest Brussel-Hoofdstad
Brussels-Capital region
Brussels Hoofdstedelijk GewestGemeenten.png Communes de Bruxelles
Gemeenten van het Gewest
Brussels municipalities
Faciliteitengemeenten.png Faciliteitengemeenten
Communes avec facilitées linguistiques (en néerlandais)
Municipalities with language facilities (in Dutch)
Faciliteitengemeenten fr.png Faciliteitengemeenten (in het Frans)
Communes avec facilitées linguistiques
Municipalities with language facilities (in French)
Faciliteitengemeenten en.png Faciliteitengemeenten (in het Engels)
Communes avec facilitées linguistiques (en anglais)
Municipalities with language facilities

History maps

This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Belgium, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Belgium.

Early history

Celts 800-400BC.PNG Since 600 BC present-day Belgium is inhabited by Celtic tribes, like the Belgae. This map shows the possible extent of (proto-)Celtic influence 800-400 BC
De Kelten in Europa. Oker: Kernbereik Noord-West-Alpine Hallstattcultuur (ca. 750–500/450 v. Chr.) groen: Uitbreiding La-Tène-cultuur, bzw. oranje: de Keltische taal (3. Jh. v. Chr.)

The Romans

SPQRomani.svg 57/51 BC-395: Roman Empire - includes present-day Belgium ► Roman Empire

Roman Empire in 50 BC.png Between 57 and 51 BC the Belgae are defeated by the Roman Empire. The area becomes the Roman province of Belgica and is romanized. This map shows the Roman Empire in 50.
De territoriale ontwikkeling van de Romeinse Republiek en het Romeinse Rijk.
Invasions of the Roman Empire 1.png Around 256 the Germanic tribe of the Franks enter Belgica and since 296 they rule the area as defender of the border of the Roman Empire. This map shows the invasions of the Roman Empire 100-500.
Invallen in het Romeinse Rijk 100-500
SPQRomani.svg 395-486: Western Roman Empire - includes present-day Belgium ► Roman Empire

Extent of Western Roman Empire 395.png After the division of the Roman Empire, Belgica become part of the Western Roman Empire. This map shows the Empire in 395. (Het Westromeinse Rijk rond 395)

The Franks

Flag of None.svg 481-843: Frankish Empire - independent monarchy including present-day Belgium ► Frankish Empire

Frankish empire.jpg The Frankish position culminate in the forming of the Frankish Empire. The Frankish Empire becomes an independent state, but in 639 the country is divided in Austrasia and Neustria. Both kingdoms are reunited in 719 and the Empire develops further until the rul of Charlemagne. (Na de val van het West-Romeinse Rijk nemen Germaanse stammen als de Franken de controle over het gebied over. Uiteindelijk wordt België deel van het Frankische Rijk. Zie de Atlas van het Frankische Rijk.}
Flag of None.svg 843-870: Middle Frankish Empire - independent monarchy including the present-day Netherlands ► Frankish Empire

[[|border|251x400px]] After the division of the Frankish Empire in the Treaty of Verdun the area became part of the Middle Frankish Empire.

Het Verdrag van Verdun
843-870 Europe.jpg This map compares the Treaty of Verdun (843) with the Treaty of Meerssen (870)

Het Verdrag van Verdun 843 en het Verdrag van Meersen 870
Flag of None.svg 843-962: East Frankish Empire - independent monarchy, including present-days Belgium ► Germany

Western Empire-Europe870.JPG This treaty leads to the most parts of the area becoming part of the East Frankish Empire.

Verdeling van het Frankische Rijk 870

Part of the Holy Roman Empire

Holy roman flag1806.png 962-1648: Holy Roman Empire - independent monarchy, including most of present-days Belgium ► Germany

Central Europe 919-1125.jpg In 925 the area is annexed to the Eastern Frankish Empire, later continued by the German Empire. Only the western part becomes part of the Western Frankish Kingdom, later continued by the France. This map shows Central Europe between 919-1125
Midden-Europa 919-1125
Map of the Holy Roman Empire in the 10th century.png This map shows the Holy Roman Empire in the 10th century.
Het Heilige Roomse Rijk in de 11e eeuw
Map Bavaria-Straubing - Karte Straubing-Holland.png The house of Bavaria-Straubing comes in 1346 in the possession of Hainaut, which is in an personal union with the County of Holland.
Beierse bezittingen in Henegouwen en Holland
HRR 14Jh.jpg In the feudal German Empire and France the duchies and counties, together known as the Netherlands, come between 1384 and 1451 under the rule of Burgundy. Holland and Hainaut become Burgundian in 1436. The bishop-principality of Liege remains separate. The Holy Roman Empire in the 14th century
Het Heilige Roomse Rijk in de 14e eeuw
[[|border|251x400px]] At the same time, the city of Bruges plays an important role in the Hanseatic League
De Hanze
Haupthandelsroute Hanse.png Bruges is part of the hanseatic trade routes
De Hanze-routes
Map-1477 Low Countries.png This map shows the Low Countries in 1477, largely under control of the Burgundians.
De Lage Landen in 1477
Imperial Circles 1512 en.png The Burgundian possessions come under control of the Habsburgians since 1506. This map shows the Low Countries as part of the Holy Roman Empire.
De Nederlanden als deel van het Heilige Roomse Rijk
Charles I and V empire.png And this map shows the Low Countries as part of Habsburgian ruled Europe, as does the following map. It was the empire of Charles I/V.
Europa onder Karel V
   Castile/Castillië
   Aragon
   Burgundy/Bourgondië
   Habsburg
Habsburg Map 1547.jpg

Separation

Map-1579 Union of Utrecht.png After the division of the Habsburgian countries in 1555 the Netherlands come under control of Habsburg-ruled ► Spain. In resistance to the Spanish rule, the northern Netherlands form the Union of Utrecht, followe dby the formation of the Union of Arras
De Unies van Utrecht en Atrecht
Spain1580.gif In 1568 a rebellion against the Spanish occupation starts. This map shows the area ruled by the Spanish king around 1580 (Netherlands in blue) on a map showing modern-day state borders.
De bezittingen van de Spaanse koning rond 1580 (De Nederlanden in blauw)
Netherlands 1559-1608.jpg The northern part of the ► Netherlands develop as the Republic of the United Netherlands into a de facto independent state. The southern parts remain at the same time under Spanish rule as the Spanish Netherlands. This map shows the Netherlands from 1559-1608.
De Nederlanden
Map of the Habsburg Netherlands by Alexis-Marie Gochet.png This map shows both the United and the Spanish Netherlands.
De Verenigde en de Spaanse Nederlanden
Holyromanempire.png The Spanish Netherlands are at the same time part of the Holy Roman Empire, as are formally the United Netherlands to.
Het Heilige Roomse Rijk in 1630
OostenrijkseNederlanden.png In 1713 the Spanish Netherlands are acquired by ► Austria: the area gets known as the Austrian Netherlands. After a revolution in 1789 the United Belgian States are founded, but already in 1790 Austrian rule is restored.
De Oostenrijkse Nederlanden

French rule

Flag of France.svg 1794-1815: French Empire - includes present-day Belgium ► France

Europe map Napoleon 1811.png In 1794 France invades the Austrian Netherlands and incorporates them together with Liege into France.
De Zuidelijke Nederlanden als deel van het Franse Rijk in 1811.
Français.PNG The Southern Netherlands under French control
Europa onder Napoleon

Part of the Netherlands

Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1815-1831: Kingdom of the Netherlands - includes present-day Belgium ► the Netherlands

Pays-Bas.PNG After the French defeat in 1815, the Austrian Netherlands are united with the Netherlands and Liege into the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. This is a constitutional monarchy with real power in hands of the King. ► Moresnet becomes a condominium with ► Prussia.
Het Verenigde Koninkrijk der Nederlanden (1815-1831)
Talleyrand partition plan.jpg A revolution in the Southern Netherlands leads to various partition plans. This map shows the Talleyrand partition plan.
Het Talleyrand verdelingsplan

Kingdom of Belgium

Flag of Belgium.svg 1831-present[1]: Kingdom of Belgium (Royaume de Belgique) - independent country

Vereinigteskoenigreich.png At the end, Belgium secedes from the Netherlands. This map shows the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Limburg in 1839. 1, 2 and 3 United Kingdom of the Netherlands (until 1830)
1 and 2 Kingdom of the Netherlands (after 1830)
2 Duchy of Limburg (In the German Confederacy after 1839 as compensation for Waals-Luxemburg)
3 and 4 Kingdom of Belgium (after 1830)
4 and 5 Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (borders until 1830)
4 Province of Luxembourg (Waals-Luxemburg, to Belgium in 1839)
5 Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (German Luxemburg; borders after 1839)
In blue, the borders of the German Confederacy
Splitsing van de Nederlanden. 1 en 2: Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, waarvan 2 Limburg, lid van de Duitse Bond. 3 en 4: Koninkrijk België, inclusief 4 Waals Luxemburg. 5: Groothertogdom Luxemburg, in personele unie met Nederland, lid van de Duitse Bond, maar exclusief 4 Waals Luxemburg.
Belgique 1830.jpg Le territoire belge entre 1830 et 1839.
Belgian colonial empire.png At the end of the nineteenth century, Belgium controls a colonial empire, especially Belgian Congo.
Het Belgisch koloniaal rijk
France 1940-Plan de bataille.svg In 1940 Belgium is invaded and occupied by Germany. Hubert Pierlot (Prime Minister of Belgium) and his government go into exile in London. Belgium is liberated in 1944. See the Atlas of World War II.
Belgium.geohive.gif An important constitutional reform occurrs in the summer of 1993, changing Belgium definitively from a unitary to a federal state. This makes Belgium is a federation of Dutch-speaking Flanders, francophone Wallonia and bilingual Brussels.

History of other entities

Moresnet

Flag of Moresnet.svg 1816-1919: Moresnet (Neutraal Moresnet, Moresnet neutre, Neutral-Moresnet) - Condominium

Moresnet.png The Netherlands form in 1816 together with Prussia the condominium of Moresnet. The Netherlands position is continued by Belgium after its independence. The condominium exists until the end of World War I.
Neutraal Moresnet

Old maps

This section holds copies of original general maps older than 70 years of this entry.

Leo belgicus.png The 17 Netherlands, depicted as Leo Belgicus

De 17 Nederlanden als Leo Belgicus
Leo Belgicus.jpg Leo Belgicus by Josse de Hond

Leo Belgicus door Josse de Hond
Blaeu 1645 - Novus XVII Inferioris Germaniæ Provinciarum typus.jpg Blaeu map of the Low Countries in 1635

De Lage Landen door Blaeu in 1645
Blaeu 1645 - Brabantia Ducatus.jpg Brabant by Ioan Blaeu, 1645

Hertogdom Brabant
Herman Moll Map of Belgium.jpg Map of the Southern Netherlands by Herman Moll, 1740
Belgien Niederlande 1905.png Belgium and the Netherlands in 1905

Other maps

Benelux schematic map.png the Benelux states
OldDutcharea.png Old Dutch language

Het Oudnederlands
Dutcharea.png Dutch language in Europe

Nederlands in Europa
Dutch-dialects.svg Dutch dialects

Nederlandse dialecten
DUTCHDIALECTSMAP.PNG Dutch dialects

Nederlandse dialecten
Nederfrankisch.png Low Franconian dialects

Nederfrankische dialecten
FRANCOSAXON.PNG Low Franconian dialects

Nederfrankische dialecten
Linguistic map of Wallonia.png Linguistic map of Wallonia

Taalkaart van Wallonië
Wallonie-linguistique-fr.svg Linguistic map of Wallonia

Taalkaart van Wallonië

Satellite maps

Satellite image of Belgium in July 2001.jpg Satellite map

Satellietfoto

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