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Bordeaux History, France

Every place has its own history. The history of the place serves as an important fact in knowing the happenings of the place. Bordeaux of France has its own wonderful history.

Bordeaux is known to be a small city located in the southwest of France. During the 1st century, Bordeaux or Burdigala was established by the Biturgies Vivisques. The city is known to be the home of the most significant wine-growing place in the world and it also exported lots of different kinds of wine in Europe.

The Celts are the first ones that lived for thousands of years in Bordeaux and built a small village they named Burdigala during 300 B.C. During 60 B.C, the Romans replaced Burdigala. As the Roman Empire ruled, lots of chaos and trouble was experienced for hundreds of years. Bordeaux was consecutively looted by the Vandals, Normans, Francs, Vikings and Visigoths until the 12th century.

 During 1154, Bordeaux was finally a peaceful city as the Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine married Henri Plantagenet, the time when Bordeaux was under the English rule for the next three centuries and began to thrive. 

In 1462, the city was officially recognized as part of France by Louis XIV after the one hundred years war and the city was under the French rule. But Bordeaux experienced chaos again in the following years as the place was destroyed by the empire with terror and revolt.

As the 18th century started, the chaos settled down and Bordeaux attained prosperity as the wine was successfully traded to Germany, West Indies, and UK and lots of buildings were built during this period and they still stand today.

As the modern times approached, Bordeaux had been successful in many things. Bordeaux was now known as the city of factories, warehouses, wide docksides and suburbs. Bordeaux had some projects for city renewal to preserve the city’s beautiful historical places and projects for a new network of trams as well as restoring the buildings from the 18th century.

The history of Bordeaux showed they  worked hard to improve and succeed despite the wars.

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  • eratoWine and Wine Trade Museum
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    The museum is dedicated to the history and art of wine. It is located in the Chartrons quarter, which was the traditional center of wine merchants. The building of the museum is an 18th century manor house with the old cellars...
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