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Waterloo is a municipality located in the province of Walloon Brabant in Belgium. In 2011, it had a population of 29,706 people and a land area of 21.03 sq. km. It was the site of the famous Battle of Waterloo in 1815 where Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated. It became a turning point towards the end of the first French Empire, as well as the political and military career of Napoleon.
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Key Facts & Information
ETYMOLOGY AND HISTORY
- The name of the place came from the Barbantian Dutch language.
- First Element: water – locally understood and known as “wet”.
- Second Element: lo(o) – ancient word for “forest” which either originated from Latin word “lucus” (forest) or from Common Germanic “lauh”.
- 1102: The word Waterloo was uttered for the first time which referred to a small hamlet at the present day Sonian Forest. At that time, it was a place of refuge for both travellers and merchants who carried coal from the mine from the bandits.
- 1183: Duchy of Brabant was established, with Leuven as the capital. It is also where Waterloo is located.
- 1267: Brussels became the capital of the Duchy of Brabant.
- 1430: It also became the capital city of Burgundian Netherlands.
- Developments were seen in Waterloo during the 17th century. In fact, in the year 1687, a chapel was built in Petit- Waterloo. Later in 1826, it expanded and became the Church of Saint Joseph of Waterloo.
- The 18th century saw Waterloo under the rule of Holy Roman Empire. Until 1796, the area was divided into two: Grand-Waterloo and Petit-Waterloo.
- 1824: Waterloo expanded its territory with the addition of both the Roussart and Sainte-Gertrude.
- By 1846, the population of Waterloo grew to 3,202 people from 1,571 in 1801.
- Following the defeat of Bonaparte during the 1815 Battle of Waterloo, Waterloo became part of Brabant Mèridional under the Dutch rule and later on, of Brabant province in 1830.
- 1995: Brabant province was divided into different administrative regions of Wallonia, Brussels, and Flanders (established in 1980). The location where the municipality of Waterloo is found is now known as the Walloon Brabant province.
BATTLE OF WATERLOO
- On June 18, 1815, a battle took place in Waterloo between the First French Empire led by Napoleon Bonaparte and the Seventh Coalition, composed of troops from Prussia, UK, Hanover, Netherlands, Brunswick, and Nassau.
- Waterloo’s location was a strategic one which served as the venue of the battle. It is composed of a long ridge that runs from east to west, bisected by a paved road leading to Brussels.
- Since Bonaparte attempted to extend the French territory towards Brussels, this presents the last opportunity for the Seventh Coalition to stop him.
- There are many notable landmarks in Waterloo such as the following:
- The Lion’s Mound: A monument dedicated to the people who died during the Battle of Waterloo in 1815
- Church of St. Joseph: 18th century Belgian church dedicated to Saint Joseph
- Sonian Forest: Home to different European beeches and oaks
- Castles of Argenteuil: Both Leopold III and Prince Charles, the Count of Flanders used to reside in this estate.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Waterloo across 19 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Waterloo worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Waterloo which is a municipality located in the province of Walloon Brabant in Belgium. In 2011, it had a population of 29,706 people and a land area of 21.03 sq. km. It was the site of the famous Battle of Waterloo in 1815 where Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated. It became a turning point towards the end of the first French Empire, as well as the political and military career of Napoleon.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Waterloo in Belgium Facts
- Fact or Bluff?
- Coat of Arms
- Napoleon Bonaparte
- Cause and Effect
- The Battle of Waterloo
- The Battle in the Eyes of Gronow
- Landmarks in Waterloo
- What to do in Waterloo?
- Lion’s Mound: Stamp Edition
- The Church of St. Joseph
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