Poitou is believed to be the region of origin of most of the Acadian and Cajun populations of North America (now found chiefly in New Brunswick and Louisiana, respectively). Their ancestors emigrated from the region in the 17th and 18th centuries.
At first, these French immigrants from Poitou settled in eastern Canada, and established an agricultural and maritime economy (farming and fishing). This area of the "New World" was dubbed Acadia by the French, after the Greek Arcadia - the idyllic part of the Peloponnesian peninsula in Greece. It was renamed Nova Scotia (New Scotland) in the aftermath of the 1755 expulsion of most of the Acadians by the English.
Poitou is a historic region in west central France. Poitiers, the former capital of the region, is its chief city, although the port of La Rochelle rivals it in economic importance. Farming is important to the economy; wheat, corn and cattle are raised. Industries produce machinery, chemicals and dairy products.
The region's first known inhabitants, the Pictavi, a Gallic tribe, were conquered in 56 BC by the Romans who incorporated the area into Gaul as part of the province of Aquitania. The Visigoths seized the region in 418 AD, but it passed to the Franks in 507. In 732 or 733, Charles Martel brought the Muslim invasion of Western Europe to a standstill by his victory in the Battle of Poitiers. From the 10th to the mid-12th century, the counts of Poitou were also the dukes of Aquitaine, and the city of Poitiers grew in importance.
In 1152, Poitou came under English control through the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to Henry II (later king of England). The region was reunited with the French crown in 1416 and was a province of France until the Revolution (1789-95), when it was divided into three departments, Vienne, Deux-Sevres, and Vendee.
WIPO ASSIGNS PATENT TO VALAGRO CARBONE RENOUVELABLE POITOU-CHARENTES FOR "METHOD FOR EXTRACTING A MINOR COMPOUND FROM A FAT, IN PARTICULAR FROM A VEGETABLE OR ANIMAL OIL OR FROM BY-PRODUCTS THEREOF, USING TERPENE" (FRENCH INVENTOR)
Feb 21, 2011; GENEVA, Feb. 21 -- Publication No. WO/2010/076487 was published on July 08. Title of the invention: "METHOD FOR EXTRACTING A...
WIPO ASSIGNS PATENT TO VALAGRO CARBONE RENOUVELABLE POITOU-CHARENTES FOR "COMPOSITION, METHOD FOR PREPARING SAME, AND USE THEREOF FOR IMPROVING THE FLUIDITY AND TEMPERATURE RESISTANCE OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS" (FRENCH INVENTORS)
Jan 24, 2011; GENEVA, Jan. 24 -- Publication No. WO/2011/007088 was published on Jan. 20. Title of the invention: "COMPOSITION, METHOD FOR...
WIPO ASSIGNS PATENT TO VALAGRO CARBONE RENOUVELABLE POITOU-CHARENTES FOR "METHOD FOR EXTRACTING UNSAPONIFIABLES FROM RENEWABLE RAW MATERIALS" (FRENCH INVENTOR)
Apr 29, 2011; GENEVA, April 29 -- Publication No. WO/2011/048339 was published on April 28. Title of the invention: "METHOD FOR EXTRACTING...