Modern international boundaries reflect hundreds of years of complex political histories. While some boundaries are still being contested today, Baarle has boundaries that are heavily influenced by the power of its 12th-century noble families. Today, the town, lying in both Belgium and the Netherlands, incorporates a unique approach to handling the complications resulting from an historic decision in 1830 by Belgium to secede from the Netherlands.
Put One Foot Wrong in This Town and You’ve Left the Country
By Liz Alderman
The New York Times
August 8, 2016