The birth of Leopoldsburg
Nevertheless, this situation did not please Guillame I. The independence of Belgium had the direct result of being in conflict with the Netherlands from 1830 to 1839. In order to defend itself against the various threats to the country, Belgium voted for a better organisation of its military forces. The creation of a new camp was therefore a necessity.
In 1834, King Leopold finally chose the plain of Beverlo, located in Leopoldsburg in the province of Limburg, to set up this new military camp. The area had a large surface area and several dunes that would prove ideal for outdoor training. In 1835, construction began on the site, which would consist of: an infantry, cavalry and artillery camp, an engineering park and a hospital. Completed in July of the same year, the camp welcomed 20,000 soldiers in August 1835.