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PICARDIE

Picardy (French: Picardie) is a historic region in northern France that is now within the departments of Aisne, Oise, Pas-de-Calais, and Somme. AMIENS was the region's capital. On Picardy's fertile soils wheat, sugar beets, and fodder crops are grown. Dairy and beef cattle are raised, and intensive vegetable cultivation takes place on the heavily fertilized, drained peat in the valley of the SOMME RIVER.

Occupied by the Franks during the 5th century, Picardy was divided among six feudal counts. It became a French province in 1477 and was the target of numerous invasions from the Netherlands. During World War I it was the scene of protracted trench warfare.


Timothy J. Rickard
Bibliography: History intro, 1997 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia v9.0.1., Grolier Interactive Inc., Danbury, CT. Fodor's 99 France, Editor: Natasha Lesser, Fodor's Travel Publications, New York.

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