Waterloo, Belgium

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Waterloo
Waterloo: the "Butte du Lion" commemorating the Battle

Coat of arms
Waterloo, Belgium is located in Belgium
Waterloo, Belgium
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°43′N 04°23′E / 50.717°N 4.383°E / 50.717; 4.383Coordinates: 50°43′N 04°23′E / 50.717°N 4.383°E / 50.717; 4.383
Country Belgium
Region Wallonia
Community French Community
Province Walloon Brabant
Arrondissement Nivelles
Government
 • Mayor Serge Kubla
 • Governing party/ies MR
Area
 • Total 21.03 km2 (8.12 sq mi)
Population (January 2010)
 • Total 29,598
 • Density 1,407.4/km2 (3,645.2/sq mi)
Postal codes 1410
Area codes 02

Waterloo (pronounced [watəʀˈloː]) (in Walloon: Waterlô) is a Walloon municipality in the province of Walloon Brabant, Belgium. On January 1, 2006, Waterloo had a total population of 29,315. The total area is 21.03 km².

Battle of Waterloo[change | edit source]

In the Battle of Waterloo (Sunday 18 June 1815[5] near Waterloo, Belgium) the French Empire under Napoleon Bonaparte defeated by the Prussian army and the Anglo-Allied army. The defeat at Waterloo put an end to Napoleon's rule as the French emperor. After the Battle Napoleon surrendered to the British, and was exiled to Saint Helena, where he died in 1821.

The battlefield is in present-day Belgium, about eight miles (12 km) SSE of Brussels, and about a mile (1.6 km) from the town of Waterloo.

Further readings[change | edit source]

  • Barbero, Alessandro (2005). The Battle: A New History of Waterloo. Atlantic Books. ISBN 1-84354-310-9