Belgium, the Rhine, Italy, Greece, and the Shores and Islands of the Mediterranean
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849* edition. Excerpt: ... than the labour of creation. In 1706 the English became masters of the town; but, in 1764, it was again attacked by the French, under Marshal Saxe, and was compelled to capitulate, after enduring for three weeks the horrors of a siege. After the victory of Waterloo, in 1815, Belgium was incorporated with Holland, and Brussels then became one of the capitals of the Netherlands. But the union thus cemented was most incongruous, and consequently of very short duration. Few people could possess less resemblance to each other, in all essential features of character, than the Belgians and the Dutch, who were thus united under a single government: their language, religion, and manners, were utterly dissimilar; and even had these differences failed to disturb the harmony of their union, the conduct of the Dutch, who treated their new allies as a conquered race, and imposed upon them many cruel disabilities, would alone have been sufficient to arouse the resistance of the Belgians, who had never been accustomed to brook with patience such tyrannical control. The natural result followed. The Belgians rose with perfect unanimity against their oppressors--encouraged, doubtless, by the success of the French in the revolution of 1830, which immediately preceded their own revolt--and, fighting with all the energy which belongs to men who are struggling for liberty, they drove the Hollanders from the country, and established their national independence. The Chambers of Representatives--called, before the last revolution, the Palais des Etats Generaux, and now designated the Palais de la Nation--posses no great claims to commendation on account of their architectural attractions. The situation is agreeable, the building standing on one side of the park, ..
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