by : Claire
Location :15 km. South of Brussels
Last battle of Emperor Napoleon on June 18,1815 against the “allied” forces of Europe: Austria, Great-Britain, Prussia,Netherland(all old reigning families, while Napoleon wasn’t a noble man(although very intelligent), he crowned himself Emperor !
He almost won the battle, BUT his observers hadn’t noticed, many Prussian soldiers were hidden in a small valley covered by trees and bushes (le vallon d’Ohain).
They encercled SOUTH the French army, which couldn’t escape,because the rest of the Allied troops were NORTH.
Napoleon was taken prisonner and sent by Britain to the remote island of St Helena,where he finally died in 1821 (?)
In order NEVER to be invaded anymore by France, the Allied nations got together at the Congress of Vienna(1815),and remodeled the political map of Europe :Small Belgium was given to Nederland.But Belgium got rid of Nederland in 1830(Belgian revolution), because this country didn’t respect the Belgian population….!
The huge monument “Lion of Waterloo” was erected there where the King of Nederland had fallen from his horse
Peasants still do find remains(bones or pieces of uniforms) from this battle