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|Place de la Bourse and its Miroir d'eau, along the Garonne River.|
|Population||1,196,122 inh. (in 2014)|
Bordeaux, Bordèu in Gascon, is a French city, capital of the department of Gironde, on both sides of the Garonne River.
Regional metropolis[edit | edit source]
Bordeaux is the fifth largest city in France. It's inhabitants are called "Bordelais" (for men) or "Bordelaises" (for women). It's a major wine industry capital, and, like Nantes, it has a large industrial centre and a port. It is a university city as well. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, with its high number of preserved historical buildings.
History[edit | edit source]
Th city of Burdigala was created by the Romans as a business harbour. In the Middle Ages, it flourished thanks to the wine trade with England and in the 18th century thanks to the Atlantic slave trade.