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Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France

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Where is Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France? 

Saintes is a commune in France, in the Charente-Maritime département, of which it is a sub-prefecture.

In Roman times, the town was called Mediolanum Santonum. It was founded in about 20 BC. Some estimations show that Saintes had about 15,000 inhabitants in those days, and that its borders were almost the same as today.

Saintes was the capital of the former province of Saintonge. It was the scene of the second phase of the Saintonge War, in 1242, when the army of Hugh X was besieged by that of Louis IX and Alphonse of Poitiers.

The French Wars of Religion hit Saintes during most of the 16th century since many Protestants inhabited the region. Bernard Palissy, one of them, saw that difficult period.

In 1730 a new era began with the construction of the hôtel du Marquis de Monconseil which was the commencement of numerous changes in the city landscape.

During the early years of the French Revolution, the town was the political base of André Antoine Bernard, a Jacobin revolutionary who represented Saintes in the Legislative Assembly of 1791-1792 and the National Convention of 1792-1795 and was among those responsible for the Reign of Terror.wikipedia

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(Saintes) - The old Saint-Pierre Cathedral, dating from the 15th century, was badly damaged by the Huguenots (Protestants) in 1568. EBchecked/ topic/ 518467/ Saintes
1730 - Hôtel du Marquis de Monconseil constructed in Saintes
Saintes was the administrative centre of the Charente Inférieure département (now Charente-Maritime) from 1791 until La Rochelle supplanted it in 1810. EBchecked/ topic/ 518467/ Saintes
(Saintes) - The Roman Ruins: The L’Arc of Germanicus by the riverbank was originally built in 19AD and dedicated to emperor Tiberius, his son Drusu and his nephew Germanicus.
Originally standing on a stone bridge in the town it was moved to its present location in 1843 when ...Read MORE...

Saintes, a town of France, capital of an arrondissement in the department of Charente-Inferieur, 42 ...Read MORE...

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

Albert dit Lafontaine
immigrant flag  Guillaume ALBERT dit LAFONTAINE (22 April 1635, Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France - 15 December 1708, Lauzon, Lévis, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-la-Pointe-de-Lévy))

immigrant flag  Andre BABEU (abt. 1650, Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France - 1 November 1722, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis))

Duguay dit LaFranchise
immigrant flag  Pierre DUGUAY dit LAFRANCHISE (7 January 1663, Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France - 25 November 1740, Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, Québec, Canada)

immigrant flag  Elie GODIN (abt. 1612, Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France - 5 January 1672, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Québec, Canada (Beaupre))

immigrant flag  Leonard HAZEUR (August 1654, Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France - 25 October 1687, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))

immigrant Fille du Roi flag  Marie LAFAYE (abt. 1643, Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France - 29 December 1708, Saint-François-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Québec, Canada)

LaFond dit Pepin
immigrant flag  Étienne LAFOND dit PEPIN (1615, Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France - 15 September 1665, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada )

Lepele (LePellé) dit Desmarets
immigrant flag  Jean LEPELE (LEPELLÉ) dit DESMARETS (23 March 1636, Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France - 16 February 1708, Champlain, Québec, Canada (Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation))

Parenteau dit Lafontaine
immigrant flag  Pierre PARENTEAU dit LAFONTAINE (1649, Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France - 17 July 1695, Saint-François-du-Lac, Québec, Canada)

immigrant flag  Laurent PERRAULT (abt. 1706, Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France - 12 March 1804, Chambly, Québec, Canada (Saint-Joseph-de-Chambly))

Richaume dit Petrus
immigrant flag  Pierre RICHAUME dit PETRUS (abt. 1636, Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France - 5 August 1688, Repentigny, Québec, Canada (La Purification-de-Repentigny))

immigrant Fille a Marier flag  Marie SOULINIER (abt. 1631, Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France - 2 September 1701, Montréal, Québec, Canada )

Vinet dit Larente
immigrant flag  Barthélémy VINET dit LARENTE (1637, Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France - 18 November 1687, Lachine, Montréal, Québec, Canada (Saints-Anges-de-Lachine))

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