Daily Archives: May 30, 2013

Beira Litoral

BEIRA LITORAL  Coastal Beira. New province during the Salazarist era (1930s-early 1970s) in central Portugal.    It joined the western part of the old province of Beira with the northern part of Estremadura, and was similar to the area covered by … Continue reading

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Beira Baixa

BEIRA BAIXA   Lower Beira. New province during the Salazarist era (1930s-early 1970s) in central Portugal, bordering on Spain and north of the Tejo.   It had been the southeast of the old province of Beira and was similar in extent to … Continue reading

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Beira Alta

BEIRA ALTA   Upper Beira. New province during the Salazarist era (1930s-early 1970s) in northeast central Portugal.   Its territory had been the northeast of the old province of Beira, mountainous, and similar in area to the administrative districts of Viseu and … Continue reading

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Beira

BEIRA Old province in north central Portugal;  bordered by the River Douro (north), Spain (east), the Tejo and then the province of Estremadura (south) and the Atlantic Ocean (west). Northern Beira had been recovered by Castile-Leon in the later 11th … Continue reading

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Bedlingtonshire

BEDLINGTONSHIRE A small district around the town of Bedlington on the River Blyth in Northumberland in northeast England, north of Newcastle.   It only became part of Northumberland as a result of Acts passed in 1832 and 1844. Previously it had … Continue reading

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Bedfordshire

BEDFORDSHIRE     (Beds). County in east central England, mostly low-lying, drained by the Great Ouse and its tributary, the Ivel.   The northeastern section of the Chiltern Hills is in the south of the county. Before the Danish occupation the future county … Continue reading

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Bec d’Ambez

BEC D’AMBEZ Peninsula between the Dordogne and Garonne as they approach their confluence to form the Gironde, and the temporary name for the Department of the GIRONDE, 1793-4.

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Beauvais

BEAUVAIS     City in northern France, north of Paris, east of Rouen, and south of Amiens; the seat of a Bishop, who was one of the six ecclesiastical Peers of France.   He held the County of Beauvaisis from the … Continue reading

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Beaumont

BEAUMONT A County in Normandy in northern France;  its capital was the town of Beaumont-le-Roger, NNW of Evreux and southwest of Rouen. The lordship was held in the 11th to 13th centuries by a powerful family related to the Norman … Continue reading

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