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Poitiers, France

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Where is Poitiers, France? 

Poitiers is a town on the Clain River in west central France. It is a commune and the capital (préfecture) of the Vienne département and of the Poitou-Charentes région. The town is picturesque; and its streets are interesting for their remains of ancient architecture, especially of the Romanesque period, and the memories of great historical events.wikipedia

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In 1429, Poitiers was the site of Joan of Arc's formal inquest.
The University of Poitiers was founded in 1431.
12th-14th Century - Basilique-Cathédrale Saint-Pierre established in Poitiers
In 1569 Poitiers was defended by Gui de Daillon, comte du Lude, against Gaspard de Coligny, who after an unsuccessful bombardment and seven weeks, retired from a siege he had laid to the town.
In the 16th century, Poitiers impressed visitors because of its large size, and important features, ...Read MORE...

During the 17th century, many people emigrated from Poitiers and the Poitou to the French settlements in the new world and thus many Acadians or Cajuns living in North America today can trace ancestry back to this region.
(Poitiers) - During the 18th century, the town's activity mainly depended on its administrative functions as a regional centre:
Poitiers served as the seat for the regional administration of royal justice, the évêché, the...Read MORE...

The Poitiers train station was built in the 1850s, and connected Poitiers to the rest of France.
During the 19th century, many army bases were built in Poitiers because of its central and strategic location. Poitiers became a garrison town, despite its distance from France's borders.
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Poitiers was bombed during World War II, particularly the area around the railway station which was heavily hit on 13 June 1944.

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

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Ancestors Who Died Here

Beamont dit Ratté
flag  Vincente BEAMONT dite RATTÉ (, Poitiers, France - 20 November 1658, Poitiers, France)

Ancestors Who Were Married Here

Émery-Méry PAQUET (PASQUIER) (28 March 1614 - abt. 1680) & Vincente BEAMONT dite RATTÉ ( - 20 November 1658)
married 25 October 1637

Étienne PROTEAU (abt. 1638 - 20 January 1693) & Marguerite SÉGUIN (24 September 1644 - 18 February 1702)
married abt. 1664
Jean MONTIGNY dit MINET (1637 - 9 July 1706) & Perinne PAGNOUX (abt. 1640 - 17 August 1720)
married 27 September 1664

Cemeteries in Poitiers, France

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