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Chablais

CHABLAIS Region lying south of Lake Geneva It belonged to the County of Savoy from its early days in the 11th century.   At that time the region was known as New Chablais, the original Chablais being the lands either side … Continue reading

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Biel/Bienne

BIEL     BIENNE. The town, now in northwest Switzerland, lies at the foot of the Jura Mountains and to the northeast of Lake Biel (Bielersee). It was founded by the Bishop of Basle, and remained part of the Prince-Bishopric at least … Continue reading

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Bern

BERN    BERNE (the French spelling remains the normal English one as well).    Imperial Free City; Canton (BE). In west central Switzerland. Now the capital of Switzerland, the city, protected by a great loop in the River Aare, was founded … Continue reading

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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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Aigle

AIGLE Town in the district in southwestern Switzerland which lies east of the River Rhône as it approaches Lake Geneva.   Aigle and district belonged to Savoy until seized by Bern in 1475.  In 1798 the district became part of the … Continue reading

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Aargau

AARGAU    Argovie(Fr);  Argovia. (1) District in the East Frankish Kingdom, mostly between the Rivers Aare and Reuss, now in northern Switzerland;  (2) a Canton of the Helvetic Republic, lying west of the lowest reaches of the Aare;  and (3) since … Continue reading

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