Gironde

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Gironde
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Coat of Arms de la Gironde


Details
Information
Number33
RegionAquitaine
PrefectureBordeaux
SubprefecturesBlaye
Langon
Lesparre-Médoc
Libourne
Population


 - Total (1999)
 - Density

Ranked 9th


1,287,334


129 /km²
Area10,000 km²
Arrondissements5
Cantons63
Communes542
President of the
general council
Philippe Madrelle
Location
Location of de la Gironde in France

Gironde is a département in the southwest of France named after the Gironde Estuary.

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History

Gironde was one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Guyenne and Gascogne.

From 1793 to 1795, the name was changed to Bec-d'Ambès to avoid the association with the revolutionary party, the Girondins.

Geography

Gironde is part of the current region of Aquitaine and is surrounded by the departments of Landes, Lot-et-Garonne, Dordogne, and Charente-Maritime and the Atlantic Ocean on the west.

Miscellaneous topics

List of the communes of the Gironde département

External links

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