Category: Escaut, département

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Dutch: Escaut was a department of the First French Empire in present-day Belgium and Netherlands. It was named after the river Scheldt, which is called the Escaut in French. It was formed in 1795, when the Southern Netherlands were annexed by France. Before the occupation, the territory was part of the county of Flanders and the United Provinces (Staats-Vlaanderen).

The capital of the department was Ghent. The department was subdivided into the following arrondissements:

  • Ghent
  • Dendermonde
  • Eeklo
  • Oudenaarde

After Napoleon was defeated in 1814, the department became part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its territory corresponded with the present Belgian province of East Flanders and the Dutch region of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen.

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