la roche-sur-yon

Vendée

[vahn-dey]
noun
a department in W France, on the Atlantic: royalist revolt 1793–95. 2709 sq. mi. (7015 sq. km). Capital: La Roche-sur-Yon.
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vendee (vɛnˈdiː)
 
n
chiefly law a person to whom something, esp real property, is sold; buyer

Vendée (French vɑ̃de)
 
n
a department of W France, in Pays-de-la-Loire region: scene of the Wars of the Vendée, a series of peasant-royalist insurrections (1793--95) against the Revolutionary government. Capital: La Roche-sur-Yon. Pop: 565 230 (2003 est). Area: 7016 sq km (2709 sq miles)

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la roche-sur-yon

town, capital of Vendee departement, Pays de la Loire region, western France, south of Nantes. The Vendee region had been pacified at the time of the French Revolution but still remained disaffected after the counterrevolutionary insurrection of 1793; Napoleon in 1804 established a military and administrative town in the centre of the departement. It was built on the site of the decayed township of La Roche-sur-Yon, which had been burned down by the Republican troops. The new town was built according to plan, with wide rectangular streets, barracks, stables, and a vast parade ground. Today, La Roche-sur-Yon is an administrative centre and market town for the surrounding agricultural region. Its more traditional local industries have been replaced by the manufacture of electrical appliances and tires. Pop. (1999) 49,262; (2005 est.) 50,800

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