Haute-Marne — Department —
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Coordinates: Coordinates: Country France Region Champagne-Ardenne Prefecture Chaumont Subprefectures Langres
Government – President of the General Council Bruno Sido Area1 – Total 6,211 km2 (2,398.1 sq mi) Population (1999) – Total 194,873 – Rank 87th – Density 31.4/km2 (81.3/sq mi) Time zone CET (UTC+1) – Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2) Department number 52 Arrondissements 3 Cantons 32 Communes 432 ^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2
Haute-Marne is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Champagne, Burgundy, Lorraine and Franche-Comté
In March 1814 the departmental prefecture, Chaumont, was the unwitting witness to the end of the First Empire. On 1 March, Prussia, Russia, the United Kingdom and Austria signed an accord forbidding any individual peace deal with Napoleon I, and to fight until his final defeat.
During World War II, Haute-Marne was partitioned under German occupation. The canal which runs from the Marne to the Saône served as a border, dividing the department into east and west. The east was a "reserved zone", intended for the creation of a new German (Ripuarian) state, whereas to the west would be the traditional "occupied zone". Haute-Marne was finally liberated by the Allies, in the form of the division of General Leclerc, between August and September 1944.
Haute-Marne is part of the region of Champagne-Ardenne and is surrounded by the departments of Meuse, Vosges, Haute-Saône, Côte-d'Or, Aube, and Marne. The nearest big cities are Paris, Nancy, Strasbourg, Basel, and Dijon.
The highest mountain is Haut-du-Sac, in the Langres Plateau, in the southwest of the department, which rises to a height of 516 m (1,693 feet). The lowest points at 117m are found on the plains of Perthois and Der.
The department is named after the Marne River, whose source is near Langres. This river covers 120 kilometres within the department. The department is to the east of the Parisian basin, and is characterised by a concentric sequence of cliff faces of varying geological origin, oriented northeast/southwest.
- Cantons of the Haute-Marne department
- Communes of the Haute-Marne department
- Arrondissements of the Haute-Marne department
- ^ a b Haute-Marne, Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia. Research Machines plc. September 8, 2005. accessed on October 19, 2006.
- (French) Prefecture website
- (French) General Council website
- (English) Haute-Marne at the Open Directory Project
- (French)/(English) Official Tourist Board website
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