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Belguim vs USA

Posted by RB Kollannur on July 2, 2014

Belgium and USA share a well connected history. It is in Brussels that the US led NATO found its headquarters, giving regional importance to an otherwise thrown around piece of land.

For most of its history, Belgium has had to play second fiddle to other nations. Like its northern neighbor, Belgium spend many years under French, Burgundian and Spanish rule. But while Netherlands was independent by 1640, Belgium was retained by Spanish thanks to the efforts of the Duke Alexander Farnese of Parma, the Governor General appointed by Spain (Also the great grandson of Pope Paul III). From there it continued to be part of other countries – Austria (after 1713), France (Part of Napolean’s Empire) and finally when it was added to Netherlands as a buffer between the Dutch and the French. However, the religious and economic differences of the two Low Countries forced Belgians to work towards independence, which it got in 1830.

Belgium was devastated by WWI and it took the efforts of a certain Herbert Hoover (Later US President) to rein in the world to support Belgium in their recovery. Hoover organized the Commission for Relief in Belgium which had a significant impact in helping Belgium. Belgium would later return part of the favor during WWII – by sourcing uranium from its African colonies.


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