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"Le Mans, leh möN" (anc. Suindinum, afterwards Ceno mani), a town of France, capital of the department of Sarthe, on the ridge and slope of a hill washed by the Sarthe, which is here crossed by 3 bridges, 130 miles by rail S.W. of Paris. The lower part of the town, near the banks of the river, is poorly built, with streets narrow and winding. The upper part has a much better appearance: the streets are spacious; and the market-place, into which most of them open, is large and handsome. The principal building is the cathedral, a fine Gothic structure, with a very old choir. The other edifices deserving of notice are the churches of Notre Dame and L'Ancienne Visitation, the prefecture, library, and museum, including a picture gallery, all occupying part of the buildings of an old monastery, the theatre, and cavalry barracks. The principal manufactures are linen, coarse woollens, lace, hosicry, paper, leather, and wax candles. The trade in clover- and lucerne seed is extensive. Le Mans is the see of a bishop, and possesses courts of first resort and commerce, an agricultural and scientific society, a communal college, a diocesan semi nary, and a school of design. It is a place of great antiquity, and is said to have been founded in the second century by the Romans, of whose buildings many vestiges still remain. It was taken by William the Conqueror in the eleventh century, and long continued in the possession of the English, whose king, Henry II., was born in it. In the Revolutionary war the Vendéans sustained one of their worst defeats here. Pop. (1891) 51,405."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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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 until 1589, when the town was taken by Henry IV, that... 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.

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