Descartes, Indre-et-Loire

Descartes
Town hall
Town hall
Coat of arms of Descartes
Coat of arms
Location of Descartes
Descartes is located in France
Descartes
Descartes
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Descartes is located in Centre-Val de Loire
Descartes
Descartes
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Coordinates: 46°58′28″N 0°41′55″E / 46.9744°N 0.6986°E / 46.9744; 0.6986Coordinates: 46°58′28″N 0°41′55″E / 46.9744°N 0.6986°E / 46.9744; 0.6986
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Indre-et-Loire
Arrondissement Loches
Canton Descartes
Intercommunality CC Loches Sud Touraine
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacques Barbier
Area
1
38.08 km2 (14.70 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01) [1]
3,642
 • Density 96/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
37115 /37160
Elevation 37–121 m (121–397 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Descartes is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. It is approximately 13 miles east of Richelieu and about 24 miles east of Loudun, on the banks of the Creuse River.

History

Liberation of Descartes (then La Haye-Descartes) in 1944

Initially called La Haye en Touraine, the town was the birthplace of the philosopher René Descartes (1596–1650), although his family home was in nearby Châtellerault. Descartes left La Haye in approximately 1606 to attend the College Henri IV at La Flèche.[2] The town was renamed La Haye-Descartes in 1802 in his honour, and then renamed again to Descartes in 1967.

Population

See table at left.

Personalities

The town is notable in Acadian genealogy as the birthplace of the Heberts.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Editor's Preface" in Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (Hackett: 1998)

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