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History

Belgium’s rich and complex history is intricately woven into the fabric of Europe. From its medieval origins as a trading hub to its role in major conflicts like World War I and II, Belgium has witnessed the rise and fall of empires, the formation of independent states, and the development of a distinctive cultural identity. Historical landmarks, such as medieval castles and World War I memorials, dot the landscape, offering glimpses into the nation’s past. Here are numerous stories describing various aspects of Belgium’s history.

Belgian Heritage Day

Belgian Heritage Day: A guide for aliens

Mostly everyone in Flanders knows that the first Sunday after the Easter Holidays is the annual Heritage Day (Erfgoeddag). But if you’ve recently arrived in Flanders from a different planet, here’s a short guide to what it’s all about.

Belgian draft horse and foal

The Belgian draft horse

The Belgian draft horse is a spectacular animal. We look at its history, evolution, and current usage in Belgium and America.

Horses were used a lot in the First World War to pull wagons, machinery and guns

Animals in the First World War

The horror of war extends beyond the human tragedy. Over 8 million horses died during the First World War

world war one

How did World War 1 start?

What led to 16 million people losing their lives? And what were the key battles in Flanders, Belgium?