Dyle (department)

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Dyle was a department of the First French Empire in present-day Belgium. It was named after the river Dyle, which flows through the department. Its territory corresponded more or less with that of the Belgian province of Brabant, now divided into Walloon Brabant, Flemish Brabant and the Brussels-Capital Region. Its capital was Brussels.

The department came into existence on 1 October 1795, after the Southern Netherlands were occupied by the French. The department of Dyle was formed from the southern part of the Duchy of Brabant, part of the County of Hainaut, (Halle) and some smaller territories. See the 130 departments of the Napoleonic Empire.

The department was subdivided into the following arrondissements and cantons (situation in 1812):[1]

Its population in 1812 was 431,969, and its area was 342,848 hectares.[1]

After the defeat of Napoleon the department became part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, as the province of (South) Brabant.


  1. ^ a b Almanach Impérial an bissextil MDCCCXII, p. 396-397, accessed in Gallica 24 July 2013 (French)

Coordinates: 50°50′N 4°21′E / 50.833°N 4.350°E / 50.833; 4.350