Descartes, Indre-et-Loire

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Descartes
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Descartes
Descartes
Coordinates: 46°58′28″N0°41′55″E / 46.9744°N 0.6986°E / 46.9744; 0.6986 Coordinates: 46°58′28″N0°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 (20082014) Jacques Barbier
Area
1
38.08 km2 (14.70 sq mi)
Population
(2009)2
3,817
  Density100/km2 (260/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
37115 /37160
Elevation37–121 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. 2 Population without double counting : residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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.

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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. [1] 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.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1793997    
1800850−14.7%
1806943+10.9%
18211,123+19.1%
18311,293+15.1%
18361,393+7.7%
18411,459+4.7%
18461,592+9.1%
18511,633+2.6%
18561,532−6.2%
18611,620+5.7%
18661,609−0.7%
18721,722+7.0%
18761,735+0.8%
18811,608−7.3%
18861,694+5.3%
18911,806+6.6%
18961,786−1.1%
19011,622−9.2%
19061,638+1.0%
19111,697+3.6%
19211,702+0.3%
19261,670−1.9%
19311,570−6.0%
19361,537−2.1%
19461,477−3.9%
19541,466−0.7%
19621,679+14.5%
19684,267+154.1%
19754,446+4.2%
19824,357−2.0%
19904,120−5.4%
19994,015−2.5%
20063,855−4.0%
20093,817−1.0%

Personalities

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

See also

References

  1. "Editor's Preface" in Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (Hackett: 1998)