Belgians in Wisconsin | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Belgians in Wisconsin

Belgians in Wisconsin | Wisconsin Historical Society
Dictionary of Wisconsin History.


Most of Wisconsin's Belgian immigrants are French-speaking Walloons. Arriving primarily between 1853 and 1858, they tended to settle in a tightly packed strip of woods between Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay. The number of Belgians peaked at 5,167 in 1880. In 1920, there were 3,444 Belgians, 38 percent of whom were concentrated in Brown County. Wisconsin's Belgian immigrants were the largest Belgian rural settlement in the United States.

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