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Lot
Coat of Arms of Lot
Location
Location of Lot in France
Administration
Department number: 46
Region: Midi-Pyrénées
Prefecture: Cahors
Subprefectures: Figeac
Gourdon
Arrondissements: 3
Cantons: 31
Communes: 340
President of the General Council: Gérard Miquel
Statistics
Population Ranked 90th
 -1999 160,197
Population density: 31/km2
Land area¹: 5217 km2
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2.


Lot (Occitan: Òlt) is a department in the southwest of France named after the Lot River.

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History

Lot is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from part of the province of Languedoc. In 1808, some of the original southeastern cantons were separated from it to form the department of Tarn-et-Garonne. It originally extended much farther to the south and included the city of Montauban.

Geography

Lot is part of the region of Midi-Pyrénées and is surrounded by the departments of Corrèze, Cantal, Aveyron, Tarn-et-Garonne, Lot-et-Garonne, and Dordogne.

Communes in Lot

For a full list, see Communes of the Lot department. Settlements in the Lot include:

  • Cahors - a large town known internationally for its production of Cahors wine
  • Frayssinet-le-Gélat - a small village close to Prayssac
  • Prayssac - a town of approximately 3,000 residents

See also

External links

Coordinates: 44°35′N 01°35′E / 44.583°N 1.583°E / 44.583; 1.583

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