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Where the Dutch invaded Belgium

Where the Dutch invaded Belgium

The 1831 war between the Netherlands and Belgium

Hilvarenbeek - In the aftermath of the French era, the Netherlands and Belgium were merged into one Kingdom in 1815. After the fall of the Grande Armée of Napoleon, the 'United' Kingdom of the Netherlands had to form a northern buffer state at the French northern border. The merger did not go well for long. In 1830, the Belgians revolted and the Netherlands invaded Belgium a year later. Apart from football, language, food, beer and other differences, it was the only real war between the two countries. Who won this war?

The Belgian uprising

In 1830, King William I sent his army to quell the rebellion of the Belgians. The army crossed the border at Poppel and won one after the other. The insurgents had no army and were no match against the troops of William I. However, the balance of forces changed when the Belgians called France for help. Willem withdrew his troops and the separation between the Netherlands and Belgium became final.

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Hilvarenbeek area Noord-Brabant History
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Where the Dutch invaded Belgium

Address: Tussen Roovert en Poppel in de omgeving van Hilvarenbeek
Zip / City: Hilvarenbeek

Additional information: The border between the Netherlands and Belgium is marked by a border post from 1843. Look at the map for the location.
Important: The location on the map is for indication only and can differ from reality.


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