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Aunis

Aunis

[oh-nees]
Aunis, small region and former province, W France, on the Atlantic coast. It is now part of the Charente-Maritime and Deux-Sèvres depts. and includes the islands of Ré and Oléron. La Rochelle, the historic capital and one of the leading ports of the region, and Rochefort are the chief cities. A part of Aquitaine, it was recovered from England in 1373 and incorporated into the French crown lands.
Aunis is a former province of France. It extended to Marais Poitevin in the north, Basse Saintonge (and Niortais) in the east, and Rochefortais in the south. Aunis had an influence approximately 20-25 km into the Isle of Ré (l'île de Ré).

Today, it is a part of the Charente-Maritime département along with Saintonge.

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