Belgium's Dutch Enclave

3/05/2012     Belgium & Colonies

The Belgian municipality of Baarle-Hertog, in the north of the country, is unusual in that the greater part of its area is actually located within the Netherlands, and further consists of twenty four separate parcels of land.

Twenty of these are completely surrounded by the territory of the Netherlands, and four lie on the actual border between the two countries. Remarkably there are buildings that are divided by the border, and have different laws applicable to individual rooms within them.

In 1915, a group of postal curiosities were produced by J.Gevers & Co, and included a postcard franked with the current Belgium Red Cross set. It was sent by Registered Post from the Post Office at Baarle-Hertog, bearing a scarce registration label together with a row of cds cancels.

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