For four years before 1830 Andre van Hasselt had been publishing his verses in the Sentinelle des Pays-Bas, and from 1829 onwards he was an ardent romanticist.
Thus in Overysel, in addition to the canals already mentioned, the Dedemsvaart connects the Vecht with the Zwarte Water near Hasselt; in Drente the Smildervaart and Drentsche Hoofdvaart unites Assen with Meppel, and receives on the eastern side the drainage canals of the Drente fens, namely, the Orange canal and the Hoogeveen Vaart (1850-1860; 1880-1893).
It lies about half-way between Hasselt and Louvain, and is still one of the five fortified places in Belgium.
HASSELT, the capital of the Belgian province of Limburg.
Hasselt is best known for its great septennial fete held on the day of Assumption, August 15th.