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Occitan: "Auts Aups") is a department in southeastern Francenamed after the Alpsmountain range.
Hautes-Alpes is one of the original 83 departments created during the
French Revolutionon March 4, 1790. It consists of the southeast of the former province of Dauphinéand the north of Provence.
Napoleon passed through Gap when he returned to reclaim France after his exile on
The department is surrounded by the following French departments:
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Drôme, Isère, and Savoie. Italy borders it on the east.
Hautes-Alpes is located in the
Alpsmountain range. The average elevations is over 1000 m, and the highest elevation is over 4000 m. The only three sizable towns are Gap, Briançon, and Embrun, which was the subprefecture until 1926.
The following rivers flow through the department:
Durancehas been dammed to create the largest artificial lake in Europe: the Lac de Serre-Ponçon.
Queyrasvalley is located in the eastern part of the department and is noted by many as being an area of outstanding beauty.
The inhabitants of the department are called "Haut-Alpins".
The extremely mountainous terrain explains the sparse population, which was originally about 120,000. It changed little during the 19th century, but fell to about 85,000 after
World War I. Thanks in large part to tourism, the population has risen from 87,436 in 1962 to 121,419 in 1999, principally in the town of Gap.
The tourist industry is largely dependent on skiing in winter. In summer the Alpine scenery and many outdoor activities attract visitors from across Europe(
sailing, hiking, climbingand aerial sports such as gliding). The Tour de Francepasses through the department regularly. This draws many cycling fanatics to cycle the cols and watch the race.
Cantons of the Hautes-Alpes department
Communes of the Hautes-Alpes department
Arrondissements of the Hautes-Alpes department
* [http://www.hautes-alpes.com/ Official Website]
* [http://www.hautes-alpes.pref.gouv.fr/ Prefecture website]
* [http://www.cg05.fr/ General Council webstite]
* [http://www.mont-dauphin.com/ A village in the French Alps built by Vauban]
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