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Spain x Belgium stamp by Kagome-Inuyashkina
Belgium
 only became an independent country in 1830. Before that it has belonged to nearly all major continental European powers during their heydays, including the Romans, the Franks, the Holy Roman Empire, Habsburgian Spain and Austria, Revolutionary France, and the United Kingdom of Netherlands.

1516 - 1713 Belgium became a Spanish possession.

Hapsburg rule

Charles V was born in Ghent in 1500 became Duke of Brabant and ruler of the Low Countries. The next year he became king of Spain and later of Naples, Sardinia, Sicily and the Spanish territories in the New World. He was crowned king of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor in 1519, thus becoming Europe’s most powerful ruler.
His sister, Mary of Hungary, was responsible for the region for most of his reign, during which the Low Countries once again boomed.
But it wasn’t all prosperous. The great Flemish cloth towns were in decline due to competition from cloth manufacturers in England and the silting of the Zwin, which connected Bruges to the North Sea. In addition Charles favoured up-and-coming Antwerp over the old cloth towns. His choice was fuelled by frustration with the rebellious burghers of Flanders; in 1540 the townsfolk of Ghent planned an uprising against taxes imposed on them to finance wars instigated by their absent leader, and Charles V personally suppressed these uprisings. In 1555, tired of continual revolts and a lifetime of war, Charles returned to Brussels and abdicated in favour of his son Philip II. By this time Antwerp had become the empire’s greatest port.

Religious revolt

During Charles’ reign Protestantism swept much of Europe. The Reformation met with severe repercussions in the Low Countries. In 1550 Charles ordered the Edict of Blood, which decreed the death penalty to those convicted of heresy. When his son Philip II came to the throne, the latter took a more zealous approach to the defence of Catholicism. Philip was born in Spain and ruled from there; he had little interest in the Low Countries and was largely unpopular. Determined to defend the Catholic faith, he quashed any resistance by implementing a string of anti-Protestant edicts and garrisoning towns in the Low Countries with Spanish mercenaries. In 1566 the Protestants revolted, running riot and ransacking churches in a wave of violence that has become known as the Iconoclastic Fury. Philip retaliated with a force of 10,000 troops led by the duke of Alva, who set up the Council of Blood, which handed out 8000 death sentences to those involved in the rioting.
In the turbulent years that followed – a period known as the Revolt of the Netherlands – the present-day borders of Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands were roughly drawn. The Netherlands expelled the Spaniards, while Belgium and Luxembourg, known then as the Spanish Netherlands, stayed under southern rule.

The Spanish Netherlands

Brussels was proclaimed capital of the Spanish Netherlands in 1585 and Protestants were forced to leave; thousands of tradespeople and anti-Spanish freethinkers moved north to the Netherlands.
In 1598 Philip II handed the Spanish Netherlands to his daughter Infanta Isabella and her husband, Archduke Albert of Austria. Their 40-year reign is most noted for its flamboyant court, which gave rise to new industries like lace making and diamond processing. In turn, this brief economic boom boosted cultural life in Brussels and Antwerp and brought to the fore great painters, such as Pieter Paul Rubens. 
Antwerp’s time of glory was cut short by the Treaty of Westphalia, signed in 1648, which closed part of the Scheldt River to all non-Dutch ships. This act guaranteed the golden age of Amsterdam, the region’s premier port, and caused Antwerp’s collapse.
With many of its most skilled workers gone, much of the Spanish Netherlands sunk into poverty and life became an exercise in religious piety. During this Catholic Counter-Reformation, the newly formed Jesuit order prospered and multiplied. 
On an everyday level, life in the Spanish Netherlands worsened in the second half of the 17th century. French plans to dominate Europe meant war after war was fought in this buffer land. The fighting came to a head with the War of Spanish Succession (1701–13), which saw the Spanish Netherlands handed over to the Austrians. source   

thanks to Bielaja-Kvietka for the info!
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:iconframbuesita998:
frambuesita998 Featured By Owner Edited 16 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry I was say cute the draw. I sometimes I am silly but spabel i love
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Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
sorry?
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:iconframbuesita998:
frambuesita998 Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Hobbyist Writer
the history of Spain and Belgium and sorry for earlier 
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:iconarido-yuna:
Arido-Yuna Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
I can totally see Netherlands glaring angrily at Spain and whispering: 'If you hurt my precious little sister, then I will murder you...'
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xD
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:iconprincesshustun:
princesshustun Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
romano : * glares angrily * who cares about belgium anyway.
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:icontheawesomesatomi:
TheAwesomeSatomi Featured By Owner Edited Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful! ;u; 
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:iconkagome-inuyashkina:
Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you)
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:icontheawesomesatomi:
TheAwesomeSatomi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome ^^
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:iconalpha-squid:
Alpha-Squid Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
FAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconmariannebonnefoy:
mariannebonnefoy Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Truly beautiful but I think you should have done Belgium's legs a bit thinner and the feet too.Still a good job.
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:iconkagome-inuyashkina:
Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Probably, but it was too late to fix anything.
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:iconmariannebonnefoy:
mariannebonnefoy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
I understand , don't worry ,you are a great artist.
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:iconhoneybeegirl94:
HoneyBeeGirl94 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Cute! I love how drew the detail in the clothing. 
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:iconkagome-inuyashkina:
Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you)
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:iconhoneybeegirl94:
HoneyBeeGirl94 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
You welcome! 
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:icontengakugirljin:
TengakuGirlJin Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I support these two together :D
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:iconsassy-winchesters:
Sassy-Winchesters Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
OTP OTP OTP
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:iconrandomitaly:
RandomItaly Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
OMF THIS IS SO KAWAII DESU NE OMFFFFF-

sry... XDDD 

they're just so cute together omfg >w< 
ESPAÑA X BELGIË VOOR ALTIJD JAAAAAA~!
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:iconkagome-inuyashkina:
Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much)
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:iconthe-disney-nerd:
The-Disney-Nerd Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
I don't ship them but they are so cute ^_^
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:iconkagome-inuyashkina:
Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much)
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:iconkiasun:
kiasun Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
me too...hmph
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:iconthe-disney-nerd:
The-Disney-Nerd Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
I'm glad someone agrees
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:iconkiasun:
kiasun Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
ME TOO ^-^
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:iconw1nd-und-serebr0:
W1nd-und-Serebr0 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
It's me or Spain looks like Enrique Iglesias?
Great job!!! Belgium looks really cute :3
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:iconbrittjustbritt:
BrittJustBritt Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE!!! Someone else thinks So!! Yay!!
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:iconw1nd-und-serebr0:
W1nd-und-Serebr0 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Great!!! :D
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:iconkagome-inuyashkina:
Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
really Oo
Thank you very much)
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:iconw1nd-und-serebr0:
W1nd-und-Serebr0 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
You're welcome :D
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:iconashry42:
Ashry42 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Student
I really like your drawings! They're beautiful! 
And the fact that it's a historical picture makes it even better! 

By the way, I've recently created a group called HistHet short for Historical Hetalia and was wondering if you'd like to join? ^^
I would be thrilled to have your art in our gallery! :D
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:iconkagome-inuyashkina:
Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you)
Sure!
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:iconyamimana:
YamiMana Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Aaaaaaahhhhhwwwwww this pairing is so sweet, and your works are all amazing *-*♥♥
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:iconkagome-inuyashkina:
Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much)
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:iconyamimana:
YamiMana Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
ur welcome!
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:iconanonymous2003:
anonymous2003 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student Writer
Omfg! I have spanish blood and belgian in my blood! It makes this ship cannon! :iconblushplz:
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:iconkagome-inuyashkina:
Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yaaay! Nice))
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:iconanonymous2003:
anonymous2003 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Student Writer
XD I know right?
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:iconkagome-inuyashkina:
Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:) (Smile) 
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:iconanonymous2003:
anonymous2003 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Student Writer
X3
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:iconuchiharu13:
uchiharu13 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
I love this couple so much!! 
But I also love RomaBel x3
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:iconkagome-inuyashkina:
Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks))
RomaBel is... RomanoxBelgium, RomaniaxBelgium, RomanoxBelarus or RomaniaxBelarus? Xx
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:iconuchiharu13:
uchiharu13 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
RomanoXBelgium lol 
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:iconkagome-inuyashkina:
Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
hehe) They're cute)
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:iconhelchou:
HElCHOU Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my ultimate OTPs ;u;
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:iconkagome-inuyashkina:
Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconhelchou:
HElCHOU Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem dear!
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:iconcaeths:
caeths Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
I ship this hwaaa <3333 * u * )
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:iconkagome-inuyashkina:
Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you)
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:iconcaeths:
caeths Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
youre welcome <3 u w u
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elementelfury Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great.
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