by Mike Schwebag
Past, present and future of Luxembourg steel industry and sites.
Discovery of the iron ore around 1850 marked the economic take-off for Luxembourg's quite poor agricultural economy. From 1870's onward it industrialized very fast. Untill the 1870s people emigranted to the US, Brazil. In the 20th century the country quickly develope and drew thousands of foreign workers into the southern "Minette" region. Today many of the old industrial sites are abandoned or reconverted.