Outline related to Belgian Emigration
- The administrative district was created in 1839, from parts of the districts Haaselt and Maastricht (Treaty of 1839).
The limits of the district did change:
- in 1843 (plus 159 inhabitants and minus 1100 inhabitants) (corrections of the Belgo-Dutch frontier)
- in 1963 (exchange of 11 municipalities due to the implemantation of a linguistic frontier on teh provincial level)
- Teunis Janssen COVERT (ca 1620-ca 1695)
- (Lommel, Braband, Kempenlandt, Holland > Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York, USA)
- See for more info: Descendants of Teunis Janzsen Covert
- He was in fact a Belgian emigrant from the Duchy of Brabant (XII Provinces), who emigrated to the county of Holland (part of the XII Provinces, but in rebellion against their count, the King of Spain) before 1645 and then around 1650 to New Amsterdam/New Belgium (= New York, USA).
- The parish Lommel, situated in the Duchy of Brabant, did belong to the personal domain of the Duke of Brabant and was before 1648 part of the district of the Kempenland, bailiwick of 's Hertogenbosch, Duchy of Brabant.
- Lommel did, from the Treaty of Munster (1648) on, belong to the Northern half of the Duchy of Brabant that was annexed, as part of the "Generaliteit van de Republiek", to the United Provinces, recognized by the King of Spain.
- Sea also Limburgish Municipalities by Roger Thijs.
- The main "asset" of Lommel was that is was a crosspoint for roads to Hasselt, 's-Hertogenbosch, Maastricht and Breda.