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Ghent is a belgian city belonging to the region of Flanders, and located at the confluence of the rivers Lys with Scheldt.
It is one of the most important cities of the Kingdom of Belgium, capital of the province West Flanders and headquarters of the Bishop of Ghent since 1559.
It was the capital of the former County of Flanders, becoming, in the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, the second European city with its increasingly important woolen industry.
The city where Jacob Van Artevelde was born, Gent would play a major role at the beginning of the Hundred Years War between France and England, period during which Ghent had unprecedented economic development.
During the fifteenth century, Mary of Burgundy, Philip the Good’s granddaughter, returned to the old city privileges obtained in the past.
She was the promoter of the pact known as The Great Privilege, signed in 1477, the same year she married Maximilian of Hapsburg, with whom she would have two sons: the famous heir Philip the Fair and his sister Margaret of Austria, founder ( with Louise of Savoy) in 1529, the famous Treaty of Peace of the Ladies of Cambria.
The marriage of Philip the Handsome with Juana de Castilla, better known as Juana la Loca, would constitute the big event that would link this city with the Spanish crown. The result of this marriage alliance was Carlos I of Spain, who would be born in Ghent in 1500. The great emperor would inherit the territories, and would witness great changes in Europe in the sixteenth century.
In the late sixteenth century nevertheless, Ghent, like other neighboring towns declined as a result of the Wars of Religion.
Ghent is a city of contestation. Its recent history is still very surprising due to the construction of the channel which connects it to the sea.
Ghent played as well a big role on the processing of cotton, the building of large factories and the birth of the labor movement.
It is nowadays an important university town with numerous colleges, and it is Belgium’s textile city by excellence. Proud of its past, it has a major port.