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Geographically and culturally Belgium is at the crossroads of Europe Belgium is located in Western Europe between France and the Netherlands Belgium is one of Europes true melting pots were Celtic Roman German French Dutch Spanish and Austrian cultures having made an imprint Belgium got its name from a Celtic tribe the Belgae whom Caesar described as the most courageous tribe of Gaul In about AD 300 Attila the Hun invaded what is now Germany and pushed Germanic tribes into northern Belgium About 100 years later the Germanic tribe of the Franks invaded and took possession of Belgium The northern part of Belgium became a Germanized and Germanic- Frankish-speaking area and in the southern part people continued to be Roman and spoke forma of Latin Belgium was occupied by the Spanish 1519-1713 and the Austrians 1713-1794 and during this time Ghent Bruges Brussels and Antwerp took turns at being major European centers for commerce industry and art Flemish paintings became the most prized in Europe Flemish tapestries hung on the walls of castles throughout Europe After the French Revolution Belgium was invaded and it was made a part of the Netherlands In 1830 Belgium took its independence from the Dutch because of an uprising of the Belgian people Leopold of Saxe-Coburg became their first King Today the Belgians are divided ethnically into the Dutch-speaking Flemings and French-speaking Walloons Their current king is Albert II There are many industries in Belgium and they include engineering and metal products motor vehicle assembly processed food and beverages chemicals basic metals textiles glass petroleum and coal Belgiums natural resources are coal and natural gas Though it isnt really an industry Belgium is also known for its chocolates and waffles In Belgium you will most likely find small animals primarily foxes badgers pheasants squirres weasels martens and hedgehogs are found in Belgium There are some deer The plants that are common in Belgium are the hyacinth strawberry goldenrod periwinkle foxglove
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