The Roman Empire had an impact on Belgium since 57 BC. They made Tournai the first capital of Belgium. Then many other rulers came to Belgium and had an impact over its culture. This made Belgium a rich country. Trade activities started between France, Germany, Spain and Italy and this made Belgium really strong as a country. There were many problems between France and Belgium. France tried to inculcate Belgium in its territory however Belgium retained its own identity after several problems.
In 1795, France annexed Belgium. This was the time when industrialisation started in France. In the year 1815 after the defeat of Napoleon in Waterloo, Belgium and Holland were granted independence as one country. However due to cultural differences, in January 1831 Belgium became free and separated from Holland.
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