Lot-et-Garonne

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Lot-et-Garonne
Department
Prefecture building of the Lot-et-Garonne department, in Agen
Prefecture building of the Lot-et-Garonne department, in Agen
Coat of arms of Lot-et-Garonne
Coat of arms
Location of Lot-et-Garonne in France
Location of Lot-et-Garonne in France
Coordinates: 44°20′N 0°30′E / 44.333°N 0.500°E / 44.333; 0.500Coordinates: 44°20′N 0°30′E / 44.333°N 0.500°E / 44.333; 0.500
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Prefecture Agen
Subprefectures Marmande
Nérac
Villeneuve-sur-Lot
Government
 • President of the General Council Pierre Camani (Socialist Party)
Area1
 • Total 5,361 km2 (2,070 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 333,180
 • Rank 70th
 • Density 62/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 47
Arrondissements 4
Cantons 21
Communes 319
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Lot-et-Garonne (French: [lɔt‿e ɡaʁɔn], Occitan: Òlt e Garona) is a department in the southwest of France named after the Lot and Garonne rivers.

History[edit]

Lot-et-Garonne is one of the original eighty-three departments created on March 4, 1790, as a result of the French Revolution, it was created from part of the province of Guyenne and Gascony; originally the territory of the ancient county of Agenais constituted nearly the whole.

Several of the original southeastern cantons in the arrondissements of Agen and Villeneuve-sur-Lot were separated from it in 1808 to become a part of the newly created department of Tarn-et-Garonne.

Geography[edit]

Lot-et-Garonne is part of the current region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine and is surrounded by the departments of Lot, Tarn-et-Garonne, Gers, Landes, Gironde, and Dordogne. The north of the department is composed of limestone hills. Between Lot and Garonne, there is a plateau carved by many valleys; in the west of the department, the Landes forest is planted in sand. It's composed of maritime pines. Between the forest and Agen, there is the Albret, a very hilly country .

Economy[edit]

Food-processing, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals are all major industries of the department.

Demographics[edit]

The inhabitants of the department are called Lot-et-Garonnais.

Tourism[edit]

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