The start of Belgium was 50 b.c Romans conquered what they call Belgian Gaul now known as Belgium. The Romans brought prosperity They became a rich trading center and eventually the people adapted to roman culture. But, in 496 a.d the Franks led by Charles the Great. He became Emperor of The Holy Roman Empire but after he died the empire split into many different countries. At about 1300 a.d the land called Belgium was controlled by King Philip the good his great grandson Philip the handsome he married a Spanish princess and there son became ruler of Spain. The link I choose goes into there more recent history. I like this link because it goes in order from early history to WW2.
Belgium is 11,781 square miles, which is roughly the size of Rhode Island. The north and the north-west are low-lands. Going south they rise into plateaus, then the south and eastern parts are covered by hilly forest. The Flanders low-land (north and north-west) is covered by sand dunes and polders. Polders are low-lying pieces of land reclaimed form a body of water (ocean, sea, lake, pond, river). The central plateaus rise 700ft. The south-west is home to the Sambre-Meuse valley. The Ardennes region (south-east) consists of rolling valleys, rivers, extensive caves and dense forests. The Kempenlands have coal, sand-hills, scrub moorland, and coniferous forest. Kempenland coal once provided much of the energy Belgium needed.
Belgium has been striving for equality in the work force In 1993 the workforce went from 32% women to 41% and in the same year they passed laws giving women equal wages and equal legal and social opportunities. Sadly some businesses don't follow these rules so women still make 30% less than men. But at the end of the day we are making progress for example immediately after WW2 3/10 women worked out of the house and now its 8/10. I like this link because its a website controlled by the Belgium government and it has many facts instead of just opinion.
The Battle of Golden Spurs was one of the biggest battles Belgium had. The French king, Phillip II, defeated the Flemish and their English allies. The French ruled the Flemish for 88 years. On May 18, 1302 the citizens of Brugge (a country on the North Sea coast) started a rebellion. By July 11th word had spread and Flanders from all over the country. Together they defeated the French army and gained their independence. The website burnpit.us has a great overview of the battle and its deeply informative ans brief.
Charles Michael the Prime Minister of Belgium is the face of their government as well as the head of the council of ministers and the inner council. There are four Deputy Prime Ministers Kris Peeters head of overall economy, Jan Jambon in charge of Security. Alexander De Croo head of the Development Cooperation and Digital Agenda. Finally, Didier Reynders. There are also four Secretaries including Pieter De Crem Foreign trade, Zuhal Demir in charge of equal opportunity's, disabled people, and more, Theo Francken his main job is immigration and Asylum policy. Philippe De Backer in charge of privacy and fight against social fraud. I choose this link in particular because it explains the roles of each Politician in much more depth than me.
Belgium exports and imports mostly through water routes because is bordered by the North Sea. They imports mainly machinery, chemicals, diamonds, pharmaceuticals, foodstuff, and oil products. Two out of three industrial worker manufacture goods to exports. The exports are worth 120 million dollars of commodities and services. Belgium mainly trades with France, Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain, and the United States. Because Belgium has many imports and exports its known as the Gateway to Europe. I chose lawyersbelgium.com because it gives information about the imports and exports of Belgium and how it affects the country
Belgium consists of the main cultural communities of the French-speakers of Brussels and Walloon, as well as the Flemish. This language barrier greatly impacts their culture. Since there are also some German speaking citizens signs and adverts have to be written in 3 different languages. These different cultures also help form there artistic community since many artists work are based off of there French or Flemish backgrounds. Their culture is overall very different from ours. Christmas is different Santa rides a horse and his assistant black peter is the one who goes down the chimney. It also happens on December 6. The link that I choose goes into there rich culture much deeper and gives it much more respect than I do.