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Le Mans, France

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Where is Le Mans, France? 

Le Mans is a city in France, located on the Sarthe River. Traditionally the capital of the province of Maine, it is now the préfecture (capital) of the Sarthe département, and is furthermore the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Le Mans. Its inhabitants are called Manceaux and Mancelles. It has been host to the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race since 1923.wikipedia

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It was in 1481, at the time of the transition of the town, that King Louis XI granted Le Mans its first charter which provided the town with a Town Hall & a burgomaster assembly. Lemans/ environ/ history.html
The religious wars were cruel & devasting for the inhabitants of Le Mans, during which, at the start of 1560, the reformed church was established.
In 1562 the Huguenots seized the town & occupied it from the 3rd April to 11th May. It was not...Read MORE...

In the 17th and 18th centuries, Le Mans became a centre of manufacture & commerce, where cheesecloth, wax & leather were produced and sold to Italy, Spain and the West Indies; further more, Brazil was also involved in the trade negotiation Lemans/ environ/ history.html
A large economic recession linked with the decline of the cheesecloth industry & the decline of the wax demand from 1789 lead the province to a period when Le Mans was reduced to a town of 16000 inhabitants. Lemans/ environ/ history.html
In December 1793, at the time of the Vendée war, Le Mans was the site of a terrible battle between republican & Vendéan troops. Lemans/ environ/ history.html
In 1855, the outlying districts of Saint-Croix, Siant-Georges, Saint-Pavin des Champs, then Pontlieue in 1865, became part of Le Mans. This resulted in a total population of 40000 inhabitants. Lemans/ environ/ history.html
In January 1871, after the fierce combat close to the town from Tertre-Rouge to the camp of Auvours, & the defeat of the Loire army by General Chanzy, Le Mans was occupied by the Prussians for a few months. Lemans/ environ/ history.html
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The world's first public aeroplane flight took place in Le Mans in 1908 travel/ destinations/ europe/ france/ 8615626/ Le-Mans-France-a-cultural-city-g
1923 - Since 1923, the city of Le Mans has hosted the internationally famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance sports car race.

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

Baudry (Beaudry) dit L'Epinette
immigrant flag  Antoine BAUDRY (BEAUDRY) dit L'EPINETTE (13 November 1629, Le Mans, France - aft. 23 July 1703, Montréal, Québec, Canada )

Bérard dit Lepine
immigrant flag  Gabriel BÉRARD dit LEPINE (9 October 1644, Le Mans, France - 12 January 1710, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales))

Bouchard dit LePetit
immigrant flag  Claude BOUCHARD dit LEPETIT (abt. 1626, Le Mans, France - 25 November 1699, Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul-de-Baie-Saint-Paul))

Deneau (Deniau) dit Destaillis, dit Sully
immigrant flag  Marin DENEAU (DENIAU) dit DESTAILLIS, dit SULLY (bet. 1621-1634, Le Mans, France - bef. 29 October 1678, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis))

Desautels dit Lapointe
immigrant flag  Pierre DESAUTELS dit LAPOINTE (4 April 1631, Le Mans, France - 19 November 1708, Montréal, Québec, Canada )

Garnier (Grenier) dit Pellerin
immigrant flag  François GARNIER (GRENIER) dit PELLERIN (26 February 1638, Le Mans, France - 21 January 1719, Neuville, Portneuf, Québec, Canada (Saint-François-de-Sales))

immigrant flag  Pascal LEMAISTRE (abt. 1621, Le Mans, France - bet. 1678-1681, Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))

immigrant flag  Mathurin MEUNIER (22 April 1619, Le Mans, France - 8 October 1676, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada (La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame de Chateau-Richer))

Millot dit Laval
immigrant flag  Jacques MILLOT dit LAVAL (abt. 1632, Le Mans, France - 15 August 1699, Montréal, Québec, Canada )

Pageot (Pageau)
immigrant flag  Thomas PAGEOT (PAGEAU) (28 August 1642, Le Mans, France - 14 March 1706, Charlesbourg, Québec, Québec, Canada (Bourg Royal))

Pineau (Pineault) dit Laperle
immigrant flag  Pierre PINEAU (PINEAULT) dit LAPERLE (19 November 1635, Le Mans, France - 27 August 1708, La-Pérade, Québec, Canada (Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade))

immigrant flag  Louis ROBIN (1 May 1711, Le Mans, France - 19 May 1782 , Québec, Québec, Canada (Quebec City))

immigrant flag  Marguerite ROSEE (11 November 1615 , Le Mans, France - aft. 1681, , Québec Province, Canada (Quebec))

immigrant flag  François ROUANNAIS (1625, Le Mans, France - abt. 11 January 1688, La Prairie, Québec, Canada (St-Philippe) (St-Jean-François-Régis))

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