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La Rochelle

[la raw-shel] /la rɔˈʃɛl/
noun
1.
a seaport in and the capital of Charente Maritime, in W France; besieged while a Huguenot stronghold 1627–29.

Rochelle

[French raw-shel for 1; roh-shel, ruh- for 2] /French rɔˈʃɛl for 1; roʊˈʃɛl, rə- for 2/
noun
1.
2.
a female given name: from a French word meaning “small rock.”.

Charente-Maritime

[sha-rahnt-ma-ree-teem] /ʃa rɑ̃t ma riˈtim/
noun
1.
a department in W France. 2792 sq. mi. (7230 sq. km).
Capital: La Rochelle.
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  • The reply received was: “We have coal at La Rochelle, but there are no waggons to carry it.”

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  • The one is that they should journey to La Rochelle, in charge of yourself and Eustace.

  • Those three places have given La Rochelle three bulwarks to the north.

  • Oh, you think it likely that the Guises will soon be besieging La Rochelle?

  • It will be, to us, what La Rochelle is to the Huguenots of the west.

British Dictionary definitions for La Rochelle

La Rochelle

/French la rɔʃɛl/
noun
1.
a port in W France, on the Bay of Biscay: a Huguenot stronghold until its submission through famine to Richelieu's forces after a long siege (1627–28). Pop: 76 584 (1999)

Charente-Maritime

/French ʃarɑ̃tmaritim/
noun
1.
a department of W France, in Poitou-Charentes region. Capital: La Rochelle. Pop: 576 855 (2003 est). Area: 7232 sq km (2820 sq miles)
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