is the name of a département
of the First French Empire
in present Belgium
. It is named after the river Lys
. It was formed in 1795
, when the Southern Netherlands
were annexed by France. Before its occupation, its territory was part of the county of Flanders
Its capital was Bruges. The département was subdivided into the following arrondissements and cantons:
- Bruges, cantons: Ardooie, Bruges, Gistel, Ostend, Ruiselede, Tielt and Torhout.
- Kortrijk, cantons: Avelgem, Harelbeke, Ingelmunster, Kortrijk, Menen, Meulebeke, Moorsele, Oostrozebeke and Roeselare.
- Veurne, cantons: Diksmuide, Haringe, Nieuwpoort and Veurne.
- Ypres, cantons: Elverdinge, Hooglede, Mesen, Passendale, Poperinge, Wervik and Ypres.
After Napoleon was defeated in 1814, the département became part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its territory corresponds more or less with the present Belgian province West Flanders.