Daily Archives: May 20, 2013

Basque Provinces

BASQUE PROVINCES    EUSKADI or Euzkadi (Basque);  PROVINCIAS VASCONGADAS (Sp). The three Basque provinces in northern Spain, in the region where the Pyrenees, the Cantabrian Mountains and the Bay of Biscay meet, have long been grouped together. They are:- Vizcaya (Bizkaia, … Continue reading

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Basque Country

BASQUE COUNTRY In Spain, one of the autonomous Communities:  see PAIS VASCO; In France, a district with its own council within the Department of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques:  see PAYS-BASQUE; For the Basque lands in their entirety, see EUSKADI.

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Basle ~ Bishopric

BASLE ~ Bishopric (For city/canton see BASEL) Diocese, which in the middle ages belonged to the province of Besançon.   Its teritory now lies in Switzerland, France and Germany. The see was established in the 4th century at Augusta Rauracorum (now Augst), … Continue reading

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BASLE The normal English spelling for the Swiss city of BASEL and pronounced similarly to the French Bâle.  For the canton, see BASEL ;  for the Bishopric, see BASLE ~ Bishopric.  

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BASILICATA Former province and present region in southern Italy. It is mostly mountainous and is drained by the Rivers Basento, Agri and Sinni, which flow to the Gulf of Taranto. It also has a short coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea. … Continue reading

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