History of Flanders

This article describes the history of Flanders. The definition of the territory called "Flanders" (Dutch: Vlaanderen), however, has varied throughout history.

The historical county of Flanders is now split into different countries. It roughly encompassed Zeelandic Flanders in the Netherlands, French Flanders in France, and the Belgian provinces of West Flanders, East Flanders as well as part of Hainaut. The city of Ghent was the capital.

The contemporary territory of Flanders (i.e., the Flemish Region as part of the Kingdom of Belgium) contains within it the core of the old county, West Flanders and East Flanders, plus several more provinces to the east which were not originally part of Flanders. These are the provinces of Antwerp and Flemish Brabant which were historically part of the Duchy of Brabant, and the province of Belgian Limburg, which was part of the Prince-bishopric of Liège. (The city of Brussels, historically part of Brabant, is now politically part of the Flemish Community but not of the Flemish Region.)

Thus, the modern Belgian provinces of West and East Flanders have always been part of a political territory named Flanders, while other surrounding areas have historically come and gone.

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