Place:Loire-Atlantique, France

Alt namesLoire-Inférieursource: Family History Library Catalog
Loire-Inférieuresource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) VII, 450
Coordinates47.25°N 1.833°W
Located inFrance     (1790 - )
Also located inPays-de-la-Loire, France    
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Loire-Atlantique (; formerly Loire-Inférieure) is a department on the west coast of France named after the Loire River and the Atlantic Ocean.


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Loire-Atlantique is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. Originally, it was named Loire-Inférieure, but its name was changed in 1957 to Loire-Atlantique.

The area is part of the historical Duchy of Brittany, and contains what many people still consider to be Brittany's capital, Nantes. However, when the system of French Regions was reviewed by the Vichy Government, the department was excluded from the Region of Brittany and included in the newly created Pays de la Loire Region. Whilst these administrative changes were reversed after the war, they were re-implemented in the 1955 boundary changes intended to optimise the management of the regions. There has since been a series of campaigns reflecting a strong local mood to have the department reintegrated with Brittany.

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