Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Baarle-Nassau/Baarle-Hertog

In 1830, the Kingdom of Belgium secured its independence from the Netherlands. Later the Treaty of Maastricht, in 1843, precisely settled the exact boundary between the two nations. The cartographers carefully drew this new border along ethnic lines. Today, tiny enclaves of Belgium exist within the borders of the Netherlands.





Residents of the cities of the cities of Baarle-Nassau and Baarle-Hertog can find themselves crossing this international border as they walk or drive to work or just to visit their neighbors. Some, in fact live ON the border.

Via boingboing

Sources:
BLDBLOG
Wikipedia
Barry Smith
Mapquest


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1 Comments:

At Wednesday, July 16, 2008 , Blogger Michael5000 said...

Awesome. I especially like the picture.

 

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