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Where is Flanders located?

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June 27, 2017 10:05PM

Since 1831, the word Flanders is used to name the northern region of Belgium, where most inhabitants speak Dutch.

When spoken about Flanders in WWI, commonly the area now approximately containing Occidental Flanders (the most western part of the region) is meant. There during WWI many battles were fought, especially in the Northwest (nearby cities like Diksmuide, Ieper...).

As the earth was churned up by the fighting, poppies grew there, and this became an import symbol for the First World War.