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Bayonne

[bey-yohn for 1; ba-yawn for 2] /beɪˈyoʊn for 1; baˈyɔn for 2/
noun
1.
a seaport in NE New Jersey.
2.
a seaport in SW France, near the Bay of Biscay.
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Bayonne

/French bajɔn/
noun
1.
a port in SW France: a commercial centre for the Basque region. Pop: 40 078 (1999)
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town, Pyrenees-Atlantiques departement, Aquitaine region, southwestern France, at the confluence of the Nive with the Adour River, 5 miles (8 km) from its mouth. With Biarritz, the noted Atlantic resort, it forms an extended built-up area. As Lapurdum, it was the chief port of Roman Novempopulania, and the coastal zone is still called the Pays de Labourd. The present name is thought to be Basque in origin. Traditionally it was the Bayonne Basques who first used the bayonet. Grand Bayonne on the left bank of the Nive, behind fortifications designed by the 17th-century French military engineer Sebastien Le Prestre de Vauban, contains the Chateau Vieux and the Cathedrale de Sainte-Marie (13th-16th century, with two 19th-century towers [210 feet; 64 metres]). Across the river in Petit Bayonne are the Chateau Neuf, the Bonnat Museum, and the Basque Museum. Downstream, on the right bank of the Adour, are the port and industrial complexes of Le Boucau and Forges. Bayonne is known for its high-quality salt, hams, and chocolate. Much of the port's activity is linked to the export of the region's agricultural produce, especially corn (maize), as well as sulfur produced at Lacq. Bayonne also has metallurgy, electronics, and telecommunications industries, but the town is above all an administrative and commercial centre. There is also a university outpost, and the old town and its historic buildings have helped make Bayonne a tourist centre. Pop. (1990) 40,051; (1999) 40,078.

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