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of the city was destroyed in 1648, when, by a stipulation in the treaty of Westphalia, between Spain and Holland, the navigation of the Scheldt was closed, the design of the Dutch being to turn the trade towards Amsterdam. Antwerp and Amsterdam are now under the same government, and the navigation of the river being open, commerce has begun to revive. The population of the town is 62,000, and is on the increase.
The Hague, a large and beautiful town, 30 miles S. W. of Amsterdam, and nearly 3 from the sea coasi, was formerly the residence of the stadtholder of the Datch provinces, and is now along with Brussels, the alternate residence of the king and his court. It is an open town, being surrounded only by a moat with drawbridges, but in the beauty of its streets, the stateliness of its buildings, and the pleasantness of its situation, it yields to few cities in Europe. The Hague was never a place of trade ; and the inhabitants have consequently little of ihe mercantile character of their countrymen, but more of the easy manners of fashionable life. The population in 1817 was 42,000.
Rotterdam, the most commercial city in the Netherlands after Amsterdam, is 14 miles S. E. of the Hague, on the N. bank of the Maese, which here resembles an arm of the sea, although nearly 20 miles from its mouth. It is intersected, even more than other towns in Holland, by canals, almost all of which are bordered with trees and admit vessels of large hurden into the centre of the city. The population is about 56,000.
Ghent is situated 30 miles S. W. of Antwerp in a beautiful plain on the Scheldt, where that river is joined by the Lys. These rivers, with two smaller streams (the Lievre and the More) and a number of pavigable canals, divide the town into no less than 26 islands, which are joined together by upwards of 300 small wooden bridges. The city contains many beautiful churches and public buildings, a voiversity, a botanical garden and 61,000 inhabitants. The manufactures consist of fine lace, linen, and in a more limited degree, of silk and woollens, but the great branch is cotton goods, which employs 20,000 persons. Considerable commerce is carried on, which is much promoted by a canal or a large scale connecting Ghent with Bruges. The treaty of peace between Great Britain and the United States of America was signed here Dec. 24, 1814.
Liege is situated in a plesant valley on the Maese at its conAuence with the Ourthe, in the midst of a country abounding with Goal and iron. It is extensively engaged in the manufacture of hardware articles, and is particularly famous for its fire-arms, both cannon and nuskets. The manufacture of nails employs from 10,000 to 14,000 workmen in the town and nighborhood. The population is 46,000.
Dort, in South Holland, 11 miles S. E. of Rotterdam, is on an island formed by the Maese and the Biesboch. It carries on considerable trade particularly in wood, which is brought down the · Rbine in immense floats from Germany and sold here: It is also
famous for the synod of Protestant divines which met here ia 1618 and 1619 and condemned the tenets of Arminius. Population 19,400.
Ostend, the principal port on the coast of Flanders, carries on considerable trade, and is the station whence the post office packets sail regularly twice a week for Dover in England. The population is 10,500. Bruges, 12 miles E. of Ostend, was in the 14the century one of the greatest commercial towns in Europe, and still carries oa considerable trade, for which it is finely situated, being the central point in which all the canals in Flanders meet. The population in 1816 was 45,000. Namur, 30 miles S. W. of Liege, at the confluence of the Sambre and the Maese, has extensive manufactures of fire arms, swords, knives, scissors, and other articles of iron, copper and brass. Population 15,000. Louvain, celebrated for its university, is on the Dyle, 20 miles S. E. of Antwerp, and contains 25,000 inhabitants. Leyden, famous for its university, is on the Rhine, 10 miles N. E. of The Hague and contains 31,000 inhabitants. Utrecht; on the Rhine, 18 miles S. S. E. of Amsterdam, has also ad university, and is famous for two important treaties of peace signed here. It contains 35,000 inhabitants. Lucemburg, the capital of the grand duchy of Luxemburg, on the small river Alzeele, near the S. E. corner of the kingdom, is one of the strongest places in Europe' and contains 9000 inhabitants.
Helvoetsluys, in South Holland, on the south side of the island of Voora, has an excellent harbor and extensive magazines and dockyards for the construction and repair of ships of war. It is also the regular station for packets to England. Flushing, an important seaport in the island of Walcheren, on the north side of the West Scheldt, at the entrance of that river into the North sea, has a fine harbor with two basins, one of which is sufficiently deep and capacious to contain a fleet of men of war. It is a noted resort of English smugglers both in peace and war. Middleburg, near the centre of the island of Walcheren, 4 miles north of Flushing, has an artificial barbor, communicating with the sea by a canal 4 miles long.
Spa, 20 miles S. E. of Leige is famous for its medicinal springs, which are resorted to by the opulent from Germany, France and England. The village of Waterloo, famous for the battle of the 18th of June 1815, between the allied British, Belgian, and Gerinan troops under the duke of Wellington and the French under Bonaparte, is 12 miles south of Brussels.
Education.] The university at Leyden, established in 1575, has 21 professors and 300 students, a valuable botanic garden, a cabinet of natural history, an anatomical theatre, an observatory, and a library of 40,000 volumes. There are also universities of several centuries standing at Louvain, Utrecht, and Groningen; and in 1816 two new ones were established by a royal edict, one at Ghent and the other at Liege.
· The means of education are very generally diffused throughout the Netherlands. In the Dutch provinces there is a regular
establishment of parish or primary schools under the protection of government; and in Belg um almost every village has a school of the same kind. The learned languages and mathematics are taught at the seminaries called royat schools, of which there is one in each laige town.
Population. The population, including the grand duchy of Luxemburg, is 5,285,000, of whom about 2,000,000 are in the northern provinces, and 3,000,000 in the southern. The Netizerlands is one of the most thickly settled countries in the world, especially the southern provinces which contain on an everage 262 to a square mile.
Religion.) The established religion of the northern provinces is the Calvinistic; but toleration has been so long prevalent, that religious sects of every description are to be found there. In the Belgic provinces the inhabitants are principally Catholics, and as toleration is of recent introduction there are very few of any other sect. Taking the whole kingdom together, more than two thirds of the population are Catholics.
Government.] The Dutch and Belgic provinces were formerly under separate governments, but soon after the French revolution the whole country was conquered by France and finally incorporated with her empire. In 1814 the 17 provinces were erected by the Congress of Vienna into one kingdom, with a constitution bearing a close resemblance to that of Great Britain. The royal power is vested in the family of Nassau-Orange. The title is king of the Netherlands, prince of Orange, and grand duke of Luxemburg ;” in the last capacity, he is a member of the Germanic confederation. The king pos-esses the whole executive power. but shares the legislative with the States general or parliament, which consists of two houses : the upper house,composed of not more than 60 por less than 40 members, all of whom are appointed by the king and hotd their seats for life; and the lower house, consisting of 110 members chosen by the different provinces
Each province has its separate legislature, charged with a variety of important local duties, such as the care of the roads and bridges, of religious worship, of charitable institutions, and in particular with the election of the members of the lower house of the States general or parliament of the kingdom. The liberty of the press exists nearly as in England; and there are no political disqualifications on account of relgious tenets. The judges are appointed by the king, and hold their places for life.
Character.] The character of the inhabitants of the Netherlands differs considerably in the northern and southern provinces. The Dutch have always been noted for their cool phlegmatic temperament, and for persevering industry This character is owing in some measure to their natural situation, wbich requires continued exertion not only to ohtain the means of support, but to keep the country from being swallowed up hoy the sea. Remarkable neatness and cleanliness in their towns, villages and houses are also characteristic of the Dutch. They have been
reproached for an avaricious calculating character, growing out of their mercantile habits, but the charge is much exaggerated. There are among them thousands of families as unconnected with trade as the aristocracy of France or England; and their mercantile men are no more strangers to the pleasures of society, than the merchants of other countries. The Belgians, in the provinces bordering on Holland, are hardly to be distinguished from the Dutch, while in the provinces to the south, the dress, language and habits of the French are prevalent,
Revenue, Debt, &c.] The annual revenue is nearly £7,000,000 and the expenditure about the same. The navy costs only £500,000 a year; the army £2,500,000; but the largest item of expenditure is the interest of the national debt. That debt amounts to £140,000,000, but the interest being in general as low as 2 or 2 per cent. does not much exceed £3,000,000.
Army and Navy.) The army on the peace establishment amounts to above 50,000 regular troops, a large force for so small a stale, but required by its exposed frontier. The navy consists of 12 ships of the line, and twice as many frigates, and a number of smaller vessels.
Manufactures.] In the 13th and following centuries the Netherlands took the lead of all the neighboring states both in trade and manufactures. The linen of Holland, the lace of Brussels, the leather of Liege, the woollens of Leyden and Utrecht, and the silks of Amsterdam and Aptwerp were known several centuries ago throughout Europe. Many of these branches are still flourishing, and maintain their ancient reputation. The cotton manufactures of Gbent and the hard-ware manufactures of Liege rival those of England.
Cominerce.) The commerce of this country, both internal and external, is greatly promoted by its natural situation, and was formerly more extensive than that of any other country in Europe. Being at the mouth of so many large rivers its merchants supplied the west of Germany with fish, colonial produce and manufactures, and received in return principally timber, which was floated dowp the Rhine in immense qafts. The carrying trade extended to almost every part of Europe ; in several coun- . tries, as in Ireland, Dutch merchantmen sailing from port to port and performing all the coasting trade, at the same time from the central situation of the country, wine, brandy, fruit, and wool were brought in vast quantities from the south of Europe to supply the wants of the north, and corn, hemp, flax, iron and timber were brought from the north to supply the wants of the south. These articles were generally purchased as cheap and almost always in more convenient portions in Holland than in the countries of their growth. In the fisheries, particularly the herring fishery, the number of vessels employed by the Duich is said to have exseeded that of all the rest of Europe. At the same time, from the possession of valuable colonies in the East and West Indies, the foreign trade extended to the inost distant parts of the world. The wars in which the Dutch were successively engaged with
Spain, England and France, but above all the union of the country with France and the consequent loss of the colonies, brought all the branches of this flourishing commerce to the verge of ruin. Since the establishment of the independence of the kingdom, most of its former colonies have been restored, and commerce has begun to revive, but it will take a long time to restore it to its former prosperity.
Islands. There are many large islands formed by the mouthe of the Maese and the Scheldt, the principal of which are Walcheren, South Beveland, North Beveland, Tholen, Schouwen, Overflakkee, Voorn, Beierland, and Ysselmonde. Texel, at the mouth of the Zuyder Zee, is a large island, on the east side of which is the famous road where the Dutch East India ships assemble. The other considerable islands on the northern coast are Vlieland, Schelling, and Ameland.
Situation and Extent.) France is bounded N.W. by the Eaglish channel; N.E. by the kingdom of the Netherlands ; E. by Germany, Switzerland, and Italy; S. E. by the Mediterranean; S.W. by Spain, and W. by the bay of Biscay. It is remarkably fortunate in its frontier, having strong natural barriers in the Pyrenees on the side of Spain, in the Alps on the side of Italy, in the ridge of Jura on the side of Switzerland, and in the Vosges moontains and the river Rhine on the side of Germany; it is open only on the side of the Netherlands. It lies between lat. 42° 23' and 51° 3' N. and between lon. 4° 40' W. and 9° 3' E. . It is 650 miles long from E. 10 W. and 560 broad from N. to S. The area is computed at 200,000 square miles.
Divisions.] Before the revolution France was divided into 32 provinces. At present it is divided into 86 departmenış. The departments are subdivided into 368 arrondissements, the arrondissements into 2,669 cantons, and the cantons into 38,990 communes. Ancient Provinces. Departments.
Population: Square miles. Flanders, The North,
899,890 2376 Artois, The Pas de Calais, 580,457 2794 Picardy, The Somme,
495,058 2464 The Lower Seine, 642,948 2519 Calvados,
505,429 2233 Normandy, La Manche,
583,420 2519 The Orne,
425,920 2530 The Eure,