Maine-et-Loire

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Maine-et-Loire
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Coat of Arms of Maine-et-Loire
Information
Number 49
Region Pays-de-la-Loire
Prefecture Angers
Subprefecture Cholet
Saumur
Segré
Population
 - Total (1999)
 - Density
Ranked 26th
732,942
XX /km²
Area 7,166 km²
Arrondissements 4
Cantons 41
Communes 363
President of the
general council
Christophe Béchu
Location
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Location of du Maine-et-Loire in France

Maine-et-Loire is a département in west-central France.

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History

Mayenne-et-Loire was one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. The name was changed to Maine-et-Loire in 1791. It was created from part of the former province of Anjou.

Geography

Maine-et-Loire is part of the current region of Pays-de-la-Loire and is surrounded by the departments of Ille-et-Vilaine, Mayenne, Sarthe, Indre-et-Loire, Vienne, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée, and Loire-Atlantique.

It has a varied landscape, with forested ranges of hills in the south and north separated by the valley of the Loire. The highest point is Colline des Gardes (689 feet/210m).

The area has many navigable rivers such as the Loire, Sarthe, Mayenne, Loir, and Authion.

Demographics

The inhabitants of Maine-et-Loire are called Angevins, from the former province of Anjou.

Tourism

The hosemen of the Cadre Noir in Saumur, the chateaux of the Loire valley, and the royal abbey at Fontrevaud with its Plantagenet tombs are all major attractions.

External links

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