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"Poitiers, or Poictiers, poi-teerz (Fr: pron.pwā te', almost pwi'te-ā’; anc. Liho'num or Lemo'nun, after wards Pic'tavi), a town of France, capital of the department of Vienne, on the Clain, and on the railway to Bordeaux, 60 miles S.S.W. of To Pop. 31,692. It is enclosed by old walls, and has several old churches, a castle, an académie universiitaire, a college (lycée), hospitals, a public library of 25,000 volumes, theatre, botanic garden, manufactures of woollen goods, hosiery, lace, hats, gloves, leather, oil, &c., some trade in corn, wool, and wine, and 3 annual fairs. Poitiers, anciently the capital of the Pictones, came by marriage into the possession of the dukes of Normandy, and was for three centuries attached to the crown of England. It was the scene of a signal victory, gained September 9, 1856, over the French by the English under Edward the Black Prince, who captured John, King of France."

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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  • 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.
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    In the 16th century, Poitiers impressed visitors because of its large size, and important features, including 'royal courts, university, prolific... 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 monasteries and the intendance of the Généralité du... 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, a town of France, capital of the department of Vienna and formerly of the province of Poitou, on a penin sulaformed by the junction of the... Read MORE...

  • Poitiers was bombed during World War II, particularly the area around the railway station which was heavily hit on 13 June 1944.

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