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Historically, Belgium, the and were known as the , which used to cover a somewhat larger area than the current group of states.

The region was called Belgica in Latin because of the which covered more or less the same area.

From the end of the until the 17th century, it was a prosperous centre of commerce and culture.

From the 16th century until the in 1830, when Belgium seceded from , many battles between European powers were fought in the area of Belgium, causing it to be dubbed the battleground of Europe, a reputation strengthened by both World Wars.