The biggest historical event that took place on the Little Belt, was the Swedes crossing the ice on the 30th January 1658, where 40,000 men crossed the frozen strait under direction from King Karl X Gustav. The Swedish Calvary took control from Hejlsminde to Tybrind Vig – the foot soldiers from Stenderup Hage to Fønsskov.
French soldiers burnt down Koldinghus on the 30th March 1808 during the Napoleonic Wars.
Frederik VI signed the Hindsgavl-Kiel Treaty, at which Denmark lost Norway.
Skamlingsbanken became a national gathering place from 1843.
During the wars in 1848-50 and 1864, the western coast of the Funen Little Belt coast had to defend Denmark, as the enemy had occupied Jutland. The remains of entrenchments and trenches are still especially visible on the Hindsgavl Peninsula, but is found all along the Funen coast.
In 1864, the eight parishes of Southern Jutland from south of Kolding became part of Denmark. Among these was the Southern Stenderup Peninsula.
Between 1940 and 1945, the Germans occupied Denmark. The Little Belt Bridge was an important strategic point, being strongly guarded. There were V2 stations established on Strib Nordstrand and Fredericia Østerstrand. There are numerous memorials of allied planes shot down, for example Mindelunden on Hindsgavl and in Emtekær.
In Naturpark Lillebælt, were are many Stone Age settlements, which are under water today. Between the years 1978-1987 in Tybrind Vig, scientist conducted the first marine archaeological excavation of a Stone Age settlement in Northern Europe.
(Be advised, objects under the sea belong to the State, but you are allowed to take flint on land).