Foodplants In Flanders During The 18th And 19th Centuries: One can follow the development of the production of foodplants in Flanders during the 19th century by using the numerous agricultural censuses. They are especially useful for knowing the distribution of given crop over the whole area or for the global quantity produced of a given kind. The situation is not as good for the 18th century : we have to rely on a single assesment made once a year, but we can check on those general indications by the study of the "staten van goed".
Agricultural Statistics In Flanders About 1800: The statistical material concerning Flanders in the time of emperor Napoleon is extremely abundant, especially in relation to agriculture. Output figures are extremely detailed. Statistics of prices, cattle, areas under culti- vation etc. can also be found. Of course, one should never accept these figures at their face value. The population distrusted any kind of request for information, the study of statistics was still in its infancy and sources of a dubious validity.