Excerpt from Chambers's Repository of Instructive and Amusing Tracts Belgium is that portion of the Netherlands lving on the south-west of the lower branches of the Rhine, as Holland lies on the rth-east, and consists of the provinces of Brabant, Antwerp, East and West Flanders, Hainault, Namur, and Liege. These unitedly form a compact country, w a distinct kingdom, with about four millions of inhabitants. The political history of the country (the province of Liege excepted) is nearly the same as that of the provinces of the Netherlands, until the epoch of Dutch independence in 1579. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.