Hautes alpes


Hautes-Alpes are one of the 83 departments create on March 4, 1790, pursuant to the law of December 22, 1789. It was constitutes south-eastern part of Dauphine and north of Provence.

With the creation of the department, the communes of the Low register and of Villar-with Arene (valley of Romanche) reclamerent their fastening in Hautes-Alpes because they hoped to profit thus from the advantageous statute of Escartons of Brianconnais.

Department and districts:

  • 1790 (March 4): creation of the department of Hautes-Alpes (4 districts (Brian?on, Spray, Gap, Greenhouses), 39 cantons), Chorges chief town
  • 1790: the chief town of the department east transfers from Chorges has Gap;
  • 1800 (February 17): creation of the districts: Gap, Brian?on, Spray and new cutting of the cantons;
  • 1926 (September 10): removal of the district of Spray;

Departmental limits:

  • about 1800?: the canton of Monestier-in Ambel east detaches from Hautes-Alpes to be attaches to Isere;
  • 1811: the canton of Barcillonnette east detaches from the Low-Alps to be attaches to Hautes-Alpes;
  • 1947 (February 10, draft of Paris): correction of border with Italy, annexation of the Mount Thabor (Narrow Valley) and of the Mount Chaberton (Montgenevre)

Principal modifications having affects the communes:

  • Evolution of the number of communes
22/09/1794 186 01/01/1885 189 01/01/1950 181 01/01/1973 177 23/09/1802 186 01/01/1896 187 01/01/1963 180 01/01/1975 175 01/01/1836 189 01/01/1942 184 01/01/1964 179 01/01/1984 176 01/01/1876 189 01/01/1945 182 01/01/1969 178 01/01/1989 177

The department of Hautes-Alpes east occupies by fascistic Italy of November 1942 has September 1943.


Hautes-Alpes are a department locate in the Alps of the South, frame by the departments of Alp-of-High-Provence, Drome, Isere and Savoy like by Italy.

It includes/understands only five agglomerations which can be truly qualifiees cities, Gap, Brian?on, Embrun (formerly sub-prefecture, until 1926), Laragne and Veynes.

One finds there the town hall highest of France, Saint-Veran, village locates has 2 042 m of altitude. Gap is the highest prefecture of France (740 m) in front of Mende in Lozere, and Brian?on (1 326 m) one of the highest cities of the European Union.

  • Altitude

It is a very mountainous department, highest on average in France (the most raised average altitude, more of the third of surface exceeds 2 000 m). It varies from 430 m in Buech has 4 102 m (Bar of the Jewel cases). It is also the department with the highway network more raised, with an average altitude of about 1 000 Mr.

  • Consequence of the Mediterranean influence on the one hand, and the weak influence of oceanic precipitations on the other hand (precipitations discharging on the solid mass from the Jewel cases), strong the 300 days sunning per annum which is worth at the department tourism of winter like summer.
  • Cours d' water: the Durance, Drac, Buech, Claree, Guil, Guisane, Severaisse, the Highone.
  • Lake of Greenhouse-Poncon: 3 000 hectares with a common power station: Savines-the-lake.
  • Geographical areas: Brianconnais, Bochaine (or country of Buech), Champsaur-Valgaudemar, Devoluy, Embrunais, Gapencais, Guillestrois, Laragnais, Queyras, Serrois - Rosanais, Veynois, Valgaudemar, Country of the Jewel cases

source: wikipedia.

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