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Term: België


Area was in cross-roads, often changing rulers; held by Celtic Belgae & Germanic tribes, Romans, Frankish-Merovingians, Carolingians, then various feudal states; independent cities evolved in Middle Ages; Burgundy ruled in 14th cen., Hapsburgs from 1482;official languages are Dutch (or Flemish, mainly spoken in the N), French (mainly spoken in the S) & German.