Daily Archives: May 6, 2013

Aveiro

AVEIRO Administrative district in northern Portugal with coastline on the Atlantic, south of Oporto.   It was formed in 1833 from part of Beira province, and in the Salazarist era belonged to the province of Beira Littoral.   The town and port … Continue reading

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Auxonne

AUXONNE Medieval county, on the borders of France, belonging to the Kingdom of Burgundy (the Empire from 1032), named after a town, which stands on the left bank of the River Saône, ESE of Dijon and west of Besançon, now … Continue reading

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Auxois

AUXOIS Pays in Burgundy in east central France, and once a county.   It gets its name from Alesia, the Gaulish city which was the scene of the victory of Caesar over Vercingetorex in 52 BC, and whose site is believed … Continue reading

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Auxerre

AUXERRE     Auxerrois (pays). County in central France;  the city is on the River Yonne, southwest of Troyes and northwest of Dijon.   The city was also the head of a diocese that belonged to the province of Sens and was abolished … Continue reading

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Auvergne

AUVERGNE Former gouvernement; Present Region. in south central France. The valley of the northward flowing River Allier is the core of the region; the Monts du Forez and the Monts du Velay border it on the east (though in early … Continue reading

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Autun

AUTUN    Autunois (pays). Medieval County in east central France, in the south of Burgundy, named after a city, which was once the Roman Augustodunum.   It lies southwest of Dijon and northwest of Chalon-sur-Saône, and stands on the River Arroux, a … Continue reading

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