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Ile Rousse

Trip Planner Europe  /  France  /  Corsica  /  Haute-Corse  /  Ile Rousse
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Things to do: sightseeing, parks, historic sites
L'Île-Rousse is a commune in the Haute-Corse department of France on the island of Corsica.It was founded in 1758 by Pasquale Paoli to create a port that would not be in the hands of the Genoese like Calvi. As Italian was until 1848 the administrative language of Corsica, the town was originally named Isola Rossa from the ochre colour of a rocky islet that served as a natural harbour.Along with Saint-Florent, it is one of only two communes in the département to have a French name — all the others have kept their Italian names despite the repeated demands of Corsican nationalists.HistoryInhabited since very ancient times, l'Île-Rousse was in 1000 BC a small, prosperous town dependent on Tyre in Phoenicia, called Agilla. Destroyed by the Phoenician fleet of Calaris, Agilla came under Roman rule as Rubico Rocega until the 4th century AD. Being so close to the sea, it was threatened by pirates and other potential enemies, and was not inhabited for several centuries except for fishermen and peasants who lived on the products of the sea and earth around the villages of Santa Reparata and Monticello.
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