- Descartes, Indre-et-Loire
Administration Country France Region Centre Department Indre-et-Loire Arrondissement Loches Canton Descartes Mayor Jacques Barbier
Statistics Elevation 37–121 m (121–397 ft) Land area1 38.08 km2 (14.70 sq mi) Population2 3,855 (2006) - Density 101 /km2 (260 /sq mi) INSEE/Postal code 37115/ 37160 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.
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 Chattellerault. Descartes left La Haye in approximately 1606 to attend the College Henri IV at La Fleche. The town was renamed La Haye-Descartes in 1802 in his honor, and then renamed again to Descartes in 1967.
The town is notable in Acadian genealogy as the birthplace of the Heberts.
- ^ "Editor's Preface" in Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy (Hackett: 1998)
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