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soccus is Latin from Ancient Greek σύκχος (súkkhos, “a kind of shoe”), probably from Phrygian or another language from Asia Minor.

Spanish: zueco
English: sock
Portuguese: soco
Catalan: soc
Icelandic: sokkur

Spanish is a native langugage to the region in the distant past, so it is probably retained in only a few place names and in some traditional items like the wooden shoes.

The Eighty Years' War (1568–1648) divided the Low Countries into the northern United Provinces (Belgica Foederata in Latin, the "Federated Netherlands") and the Southern Netherlands (Belgica Regia, the "Royal Netherlands").

The latter were ruled successively by the Spanish (Spanish Netherlands) and the Austrian Habsburgs (Austrian Netherlands) and comprised most of modern Belgium. This was the theatre of most Franco-Spanish and Franco-Austrian wars during the 17th and 18th centuries.
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