1. La Rochelle has a population of 76,810 making it the 2nd biggest city in Poitou-Charentes.
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5. La Rochelle is on the western coast of France, in the Charente-Maritime department.
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9. La Rochelle lies between Nantes and Bordeaux on a picturesque bay of the Atlantic Ocean.
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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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14. La Rochelle is the principal French fishing port on the Atlantic coast.
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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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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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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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