Belgium - Scott #1692 (1998)

Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) is the largest of the true foxes and one of the most widely distributed members of the order Carnivora, being present across the entire Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, North America and Eurasia. It is listed as least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Its range has increased alongside human expansion, having … Continue reading Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)

German East Africa Under Belgian Occupation #N17 (1916)

German East Africa Under Belgian Occupation #N17 (1916)

In 1885 and 1890, respectively, the German Empire annexed the two independent African kingdoms of Rwanda and Burundi, forming the northwestern portion of what became the colony of German East Africa. This area was not effectively occupied or controlled by the colonial power, however. For the Belgians, the German presence in East Africa was a threat to the security of Congo. During World War I, … Continue reading German East Africa Under Belgian Occupation #N17 (1916)

Belgium Under German Occupation #N6 (1914)

Belgium Under German Occupation #N6 (1914)

Following its independence in 1830, Belgium had been obliged to remain neutral in perpetuity by an 1839 treaty as part of a guarantee for its independence. Until 1911, Belgian strategic analysis anticipated that if war came, the Germans would attack France across the Franco-German border and trap the French armies against the Belgian frontier, as they had done in 1870. British and French guarantees of … Continue reading Belgium Under German Occupation #N6 (1914)

Belgium #937 (1975)

Belgium #937 (1975)

The Kingdom of Belgium (België in Dutch, Belgique in French and Belgien in German) is a small, densely populated country in Europe which covers an area of 11,787 square miles (30,528 square kilometers) and has a population of about 11 million people.  It is divided into three regions and three communities, that exist next to each other. Its two largest regions are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the north, … Continue reading Belgium #937 (1975)

Belgian Congo #142 (1932)

Belgian Congo #142 (1932)

Belgian Congo (Congo Belge in French and Belgisch Congo in Dutch) was a colony of Belgium in central Africa from 1908 until independence as the Republic of the Congo (République du Congo, also called Congo-Léopoldville) in 1960. It had originally been established in 1885 as the personal colony of King Leopold II of Belgium called the Congo Free State (État indépendant du Congo). By the turn of the century, … Continue reading Belgian Congo #142 (1932)