26 Facts About La Rochelle

1. La Rochelle has a population of 76,810 making it the 2nd biggest city in Poitou-Charentes.

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2. La Rochelle is romantic and nautical, the perfect place for a holiday.

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3. La Rochelle is a good base to use for visits to the Bordeaux wine country or to Cognac.

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4. La Rochelle is classified as a historical protected town centre'.

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5. La Rochelle is on the western coast of France, in the Charente-Maritime department.

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6. La Rochelle developed in the 12th century after the neighbouring town of Chatelaillon was destroyed by the dukes of Aquitaine.

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7. La Rochelle is a cultured city with an astounding array of museums.

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8. La Rochelle has a delightful old town that is full of impressive historic monuments.

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9. La Rochelle lies between Nantes and Bordeaux on a picturesque bay of the Atlantic Ocean.

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10. La Rochelle acted as a major departure point for emigrants to the new world.

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11. La Rochelle continued to prosper into the 15th century, a busy bustling port with active trade routes to England, Spain and Africa, based in part on the trades in salt and wine.

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12. La Rochelle is a yachting port about half way down the west coast of France in the old province of Aunis and the modern departement of the Charente Maritime.

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13. La Rochelle prospered again as it became the chief center of trade with Canada, but it suffered from the loss of Canada by France and from the Continental System under Napoleon.

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14. La Rochelle is the principal French fishing port on the Atlantic coast.

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15. La Rochelle launched one of the first successful bicycle sharing systems in 1974.

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16. La Rochelle is the setting for the best-selling series of French language textbooks in the UK, titled Tricolore.

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17. La Rochelle has a very big aquarium, and a small botanical garden.

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18. La Rochelle maintains strong links with the sea by harbouring the largest marina for pleasure boats in Europe at Les Minimes, and a rather rich boat-building industry which includes Amel Yachts.

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19. La Rochelle possesses a commercial deep water harbour, named La Pallice.

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20. La Rochelle became one of the French centres for faience in the end of the 18th century.

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21. La Rochelle became very active in triangular trade with the New World, dealing in the slave trade with Africa, sugar trade with plantations of the West Indies, and fur trade with Canada.

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22. The English came to the support of La Rochelle, starting an Anglo-French War, by sending a major expedition under the Duke of Buckingham.

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23. La Rochelle was the first French city, with Rouen, to experience iconoclastic riots in 1560, at the time of the suppression of the Amboise conspiracy, before the riots spread to many other cities.

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24. Until the 15th century, La Rochelle was to be the largest French harbour on the Atlantic coast, dealing mainly in wine, salt and cheese.

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25. La Rochelle was for the Templars their largest base on the Atlantic Ocean, and where they stationed their main fleet.

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26. La Rochelle is a city in western France and a seaport on the Bay of Biscay, a part of the Atlantic Ocean.

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