Bouches-de-l’Elbe


BOUCHES-DE-L’ELBE

Department in the French Empire, 1810-13, joining the former Free Cities of Hamburg (the capital of the department) and Lübeck with former Hanoverian territory.   The territories were restored after the fall of Napoleon to their former owners, except for Lauenburg, which was held by the King of Denmark from 1816.

The name of the department, like that of Bouches-du-Weser, is a misnomer.   Both Elbe and Weser are estuaries but the departmental names are made to conform with Bouches-du-Rhône, a delta.

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