ANTWERP, the most northern of the nine provinces of
Belgium. It is conterminous with the Dutch frontier on the
north. Malines, Lierre and Turnhout are among the towns of
the province. Its importance, however, is derived from the
fact that it contains the commercial metropolis of Belgium. It
is divided into three administrative districts (arrondissements),
viz. Antwerp, Malines and Turnhout. These are subdivided
into 25 cantons and 152 communes. The area is 707,932 acres
or 1106 sq. m. Pop. (1904) 888,980, showing an average of
804 inhabitants to the square mile.
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