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Comtat Venaissin

COMTAT VENAISSIN District in Provence, now in southeastern France but once in the Holy Roman Empire, lying between the Rivers Rhône (to the west) and Durance (to the south), though not including Avignon, the place of their confluence.   Its chief … Continue reading

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Bouches-du-Rhône

BOUCHES-DU-RHÔNE The Département des Bouches-du-Rhône (13) is in southern France, bounded by the Rhône and its delta (in the west), the Mediterranean (south), and the Durance (north). It was formed in 1790 from western Provence. It was in the unoccupied … Continue reading

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Basse-Alpes

BASSES-ALPES Inland département (04) in southeastern France, formed from Provence in 1790 but which changed its name to ALPES-DE-HAUTE-PROVENCE in 1970. With the growth of tourism, a name that meant Low Alps could perhaps be off-putting, as those who want … Continue reading

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Barcelonnette

BARCELONNETTE Alpine town on the River Udaye, a tributary of the Durance, in southeastern France. The town was refounded in 1232 by Count Raymond Berenger IV of Provence (who belonged to the family of the Counts of Barcelona – hence … Continue reading

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Avignon

AVIGNON Medieval County around the city of Avignon, which stands on the River Rhône in Provence in southeastern France;  A Bishopric and Archbishopric. 1.  Avignon was a Roman city (Avenio), which later belonged to the Middle Kingdom of the Emperor … Continue reading

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Arles

ARLES County in Provence, in the Kingdom of Burgundy, named after the city near the head of the Rhône delta, which is now in southern France. Arles was a Roman city, and in the late Empire was for a time … Continue reading

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Arelate

ARELATE The Kingdom of BURGUNDY, which began in the Jura in 888, acquired Provence in 933 and became a part of the Holy Roman Empire in 1032, was also known as the Kingdom of ARLES or the Arelate, the Roman … Continue reading

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Andria

ANDRIA Inland town in Apulia in southeast Italy, WNW of Bari. In 1265 Bertrand des Baux, who belonged to the Provençal family of Les Baux (Del Balzo), accompanied Charles, Count of Anjou and Provence, on the expedition which brought Charles … Continue reading

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Alpes-Maritimes

ALPES-MARITIMES Two Departments have been named after the mountain range in the southeastern corner of mainland France. (1) The first Département des Alpes-Maritimes was formed in 1793 from the annexed lands of the County of Nice (previously in the Kingdom … Continue reading

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Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

ALPES-DE-HAUTE-PROVENCE The Département des Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04) is in inland southeastern France and was called BASSES-ALPES until 1970.   In the northeast, where it borders on Italy, is the valley of the Ubaye;  in the southeast, where once it bordered on the … Continue reading

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Aix

AIX (1) Généralité for Provence, in southeastern France, during the Ancien Régime, created in 1542 and named after its administrative headquarters, Aix-en-Provence.   Provence was a pays d’Etat, one of the provinces where the Estates survived and decided how the taxes … Continue reading

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