- Belgian American
Belgian Americans are
citizens of the United Stateswho are of Belgian ancestry. 'Belgian' is not an ethnic term however (Fleming and Walloon are), and hence does not refer to a specific people with a specific language and culture. There were no Belgians (and thus no Belgian Americans either) prior to 1839, the "de jure" establishment of Belgium. Prior to this, immigrants from the region that is present-day Belgium indentified themselves as either Dutch or French Americans, hence tracing family roots to a place in Belgium does not make one a Belgian American per se.
According to the 2000 U.S. census, there are 360,642 Americans whose ancestors came from Belgium. The states with the largest Belgian communities are:
Other significant communities are found in
Florida(14,751), New York(12,034), Indiana(11,918) and Texas(10,595).
List of Belgian Americans
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