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The modren region o Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Provence (French pronunciation: [pʁɔ.vɑ̃s]; Provençal: Provença in classical norm or Prouvènço in Mistralian norm, pronounced [pʀuˈvɛⁿsɔ]) is a geographical region an historical province o sootheastren Fraunce, which extends frae the left bank o the lawer Rhone River on the wast tae the Italian border on the east, an is bordered bi the Mediterranean Sea on the sooth.[1] It lairgely corresponds wi the modren admeenistrative région o Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, an includes the départements o Var, Bouches-du-Rhône, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence an pairts o Alpes-Maritimes an Vaucluse.[2]

The Romans made the region intae the first Roman province beyond the Alps an cried it Provincia Romana, which evolved intae the present name. It wis ruled bi the Coonts o Provence frae thair caipital in Aix-en-Provence till 1481, when it acame a province o the Keengs o Fraunce.[2] While it haes been pairt o Fraunce for mair nor five hundrit years, it still retains a distinct cultural an lingueestic identity, pairticularly in the interior o the region.[3]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. See airticle on Provence in the French-leid Wikipaedia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Le Petit Robert, Dictionnaire Universel des Noms Propres (1988).
  3. Eduouard Baratier (editor), Histoire de la Provence, Editions Privat, Toulouse, 1990, Introduction.