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Bretagne, France (Brittany)
1916


Brittany (Fr. Bretagne), an old province in the NW. of France, forming an extensive peninsula be tween the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean, now comprised in the departments of Finistere, Cotes-du-Nord, Morbihan, Ille-et-Vilaine, and Loire-Inferieure. Its people are largely Celts, of the Cymric branch, and in the first three of the above-mentioned departments generally speak the Armerican (or Breton) language, which resembles the Welsh. The rough and harsh character of the country, the picturesque ruins, the curious ancient monuments (telling of Druidic times), the quaint old towns, and, above all, the appearance and speech of the rude but upright and fearless Breton peasantry, who cling to their traditions and superstitions, combine to render Brittany one of the most interesting regions in Europe. The Breton fishermen and sailors are noted for their bravery. Among the chief towns of the region are Brest, Rennes, Saint Main, and Vannes. Brittany was known to the ancient Romans as Aremorica (Armorica). At the time of the decline and downfall of the Roman Empire there was an influx of Celtic immigrants from Britain into the region, which received the name of Little Britain, or Brittany. In the Middle Ages Brittany was generally independent under its counts and dukes. It was for a time an object of contention between England and France. The marriage of the Duchess Anne with Charles VIII., in 1491, made it a part of France. It was allowed to retain extensive liberties. In the Revolution its people rallied to the support of royalty.

Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher

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