Place:Bourg-en-Bresse, Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain, France

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NameBourg-en-Bresse
Alt namesBourgsource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984); Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 166
TypeCommune
Coordinates46.2°N 5.217°E
Located inBourg-en-Bresse, Ain, France
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Bourg-en-Bresse (; 'Bôrg' in Arpitan language) is a commune in eastern France, capital of the Ain department, and was capital of the former province of Bresse (Brêsse). It is located north-northeast of Lyon.

The inhabitants of Bourg-en-Bresse are known as Burgiens.

History

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Roman remains have been discovered at Bourg, but little is known of its early history. Raised to the rank of a free town in 1250, it was at the beginning of the 15th century chosen by the dukes of Savoy as the chief city of the province of Bresse. In February 1535—1536 new style—it passed to France, during a full-scale French invasion of Savoy, but was restored to Duke Philibert Emmanuel in 1559, when he married Henri II's sister Marguerite. The Duke later built a strong citadel, which afterwards withstood a six-months' siege by the soldiers of Henry IV. The town was finally ceded to France in 1601. In 1814 the inhabitants, in spite of the defenseless condition of their town, offered resistance to the Austrians, who put the place to pillage.

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