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Colmar

COLMAR City in Upper Alsace, one of the members of the DECAPOLIS, under the overlordship of the King of France from 1648. It was annexed by France in 1672 and forced to submit the following year. From 1698 it was … 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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Belfort

BELFORT Town in eastern France, strategically important because the Belfort Gap provides a through-route between the Vosges and the Jura Mountains. It was part of the County of Ferrette (Pfirt) in southern Alsace which passed to the Habsburgs through an … Continue reading

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Bas-Rhin

BAS-RHIN The Département du Bas-Rhin (67) is in northern Alsace in eastern France, bordering on Germany, both north and east. In 1790 the department was formed from Alsace, a region which had come largely under French control in the 17th … Continue reading

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