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HERSTAL, or HERISTAL

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 397 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HERSTAL, or HERISTAL, a town of Belgium, less than 2 M. N. of Liege and practically one of its suburbs. The name is supposed to be derived from Heerstelle, i.e. " Permanent Camp." The second Pippin was born here, and this mayor of the palace acquired the control of the kingdom of the Franks. His grand-son, Pippin the Short, died at Herstal in A.D. 768, and it disputes with Aix la Chapelle the honour of being the birthplace of Charlemagne. It is now a very active centre of iron and steel manufactures. The Belgian national small arms factory and cannon foundry are fixed here. Pop. (1904) 20,114.
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