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King Leopold II
Leopold II
reigned over Belgium from 1865 to 1909. The most significant events of his reign centered on his desire to make Belgium an important colonial power. The result of that desire was creation of the Congo Free State, a vast area in central Africa that he brutally exploited for personal gain.
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg: Facts and Figures
Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Local Name Grand-Duché de Luxembourg. Origin of Name from Celtic Lucilem "small" and Germanic burg "castle." Area 998 sq mi. Capital Luxembourg. Form of Government Constitutional Monarchy. Independence from the Netherlands Achieved 1839.
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