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- What led to the creation of Belgium? 5 answers
The other day I read an article in a printed newspaper which explained that the British had a tradition of trying to break any continental power (links to recent news is not a coincidence).
Among the examples provided, the author argued that (paraphrasing... and translating)
Belgium was created by the British to prevent France having access to the harbours in Northern Europe, and in particular Antwerp (Anvers).
Now, it was my understanding that Begium resulted from the (de facto at the end of the 16th Century and de jure at the end of the 80 years wars in the mid-17th Century) separation of the Netherlands from the Spanish Low-Lands.
At that time the English had other things to do (like preparing a civil war), and France looked less like a menace than the Spanish (even if they were on a descending slope).
I know that towards the end of the 17th Century, Louis XIV's France fought regular wars in the region, in particular against the Netherlands, and that the two of them played some kind of "funny" games with post-Civil war England.
Later, Belgium was included in the French Empire from 1793 to 1815.
So I don't know to which time does the author refer to, but is there any documentation that indicates a strong support of England to the creation of Belgium to spite the French?
I am aware of the question
But, if this explains the different steps of the creation of Belgium, nothing is provided regarding the specifics of my question, namely the possible implication of Great Britain and the economic influence of France.