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ID: 7008353
 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Belfort (inhabited place)  Belfort (inhabited place)

Coordinates:
Lat: 47 38 20 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 47.6388  decimal degrees
Long: 006 51 15 E  degrees minutes   Long: 6.8542  decimal degrees

Note: Belfort is the capital of the department of Belfort, located on the Savoureuse River. History first records it in the 13th century as a possession of the counts of Montbéliard, who granted it a charter 1307. It passed to the archdukes of Austria; then was ceded to France in 1648.It was occupied by Germans in the 1870s and 1940s. The town features a huge outdoor sculpture, the "Lion of Belfort," created 1871-80, carved out of the red sandstone of a hill overlooking Belfort by Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, the designer of the Statue of Liberty.

Names:
Belfort (preferred,C,V)

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of Europe (continent)  ....  Europe (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of France (nation)  ........  France (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (first level subdivision)  ............  Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (first level subdivision) (P)
Hierarchy of Belfort (inhabited place)  ................  Belfort (inhabited place) (P)

Additional Parents:
Hierarchy of Alsace (historical region)    Alsace (historical region)
Hierarchy of Belfort (inhabited place)  ....  Belfort (inhabited place) (P,H)

Place Types:
inhabited place (preferred, C)  ............  first inhabited during Gallo-Roman times
town (C)
department capital (C)
commune (administrative) (C)
industrial center (C)
trade center (C)

Sources and Contributors:
Belfort..........  [BHA, GRLPSC, VP Preferred]
.................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) II, 59
.................  Guide Bleu
.................  NGA/NIMA database (2003-)
.................  Times Atlas of the World (1994) 25
.................  USBGN: Foreign Gazetteers
.................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
.................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 130
Subject: .....  [BHA, GRLPSC, VP]
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) II, 59
..................  Guide Bleu
..................  NGA/NIMA database (2003-) -1411528
..................  Times Atlas of the World (1994) 25
..................  USBGN: Foreign Gazetteers
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 130
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
..........  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) vol. 2

 

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