Brussels, Important City in the Netherlands, Capital of the Duchy of Brabant


This late-18th century French map shows Brussels, at that time an important city in the Spanish Netherlands and the capital of the Duchy of Brabant. The map shows the borders of the city and the Senne River. The location of the city on the river made it an important commercial center for trade between France and the Germanic states. In 1695, Brussels was attacked by the army of Louis XIV, and suffered heavy damage. It remained under siege off and on until it was captured by the French in 1746. Brussels became the capital of Belgium when it became an independent country in 1830, and in 1958 was made the seat of the European Economic Community, the precursor to today’s European Union.

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Bruxelles, ville considerable de Pais Bas, capitale du duche de Brabant

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1 map ; 22 x 28 centimeters

Last updated: July 23, 2012