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Aquitaine is a French metropolitan region located in south-western France. This region is located along the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees mountain range. The region shares border with Spain. Bordeaux is the capital of Aquitaine region.
GEOGRAPHY OF AQUITAINE
Aquitaine covers about 7.6 per cent of France’s total area.
Spain is located to the south of Aquitaine. Midi-Pyrenees is located to the east. Poitou-Charentes and Limousin are located to the North. Atlantic Ocean (Bay of Biscay) is located to the west of Aquitaine. The popular coast of the Cote d’Argent is located in France. The Bassin d’Arcachon is a famous lagoon of Bassin d’Arcachon. To the south of Aquitaine region, the Pyrenees mountains are located. Aquitaine is also blessed with the largest sand dune of Europe.
HISTORY OF AQUITAINE
During Roman times, Gallia Aquitania comprised of the region of Gaul between Pyrenees Mountains and Garonne River. Aquitaine was quite thoroughly romanized in its culture. In the 4th century AD, Aquitaine was divided into three separate provinces. These three provinces of Aquitaine were Aquitania prima, Aquitania secunda and Aquitania tertia or Aquitania Novempopulana.
After the Romans, the Visigoths came to power in the region. Then the Franks occupied Aquitaine. After this, Aquitaine passed on to the Carolingian Empire.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN FRANCE
French is for obvious reasons the language spoken by maximum people in that region. Other native languages are also spoken in this French metropolitan region, such as Basque Language and various forms of Occitan. Languages such as English, Arabic and Spanish were the non- native tongues that were brought to the region by immigrants.
SPORTS IN AQUITAINE
The French Metropolitan Area of Aquitaine, is home to many successful sport teams. One of France’s most successful association football teams, Girondins de Bordeaux is from Aquitaine region. Rugby Union and Bull-fighting are also popular in Aquitaine. On Aquitaine’s coasts, major surfing championships are also organized.
IMPORTANT CITIES OF AQUITAINE
The important cities of Aquitaine are Bordeaux, Bayonne, Pau, Mont-de-Marsan, Perigueux, Biarritz and Agen.
Last Updated : June 25, 2014
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