a historic region in W France, on the Atlantic coast, earlier part of Aquitaine. Unabridged
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ancient province (pays) of western France, corresponding to the northern part of the modern departement of Charente-Maritime with the southern part of Deux-Sevres. Subjected, from the 10th century on, to the counts of Poitiers, Aunis shared the political fortunes of neighbouring Poitou. In the pre-Revolutionary period it constituted, together with the islands of Re and Oleron, a military gouvernement with headquarters at La Rochelle.

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