Brittany is a former independent kingdom and duchy, and a province of France. It is also, more generally, the name of the cultural area whose limits correspond to the old province and independent duchy. Brittany is one of the six Celtic nations. It was at one time called "Lesser Britain" (as opposed to "Greater Britain" from where the name Great Britain originates).
Brittany occupies a large peninsula in the northwest of France, lying between the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay to the south. The modern region is divided into four departments: Finistere (29), Côtes-d'Armor (22), Ille-et-Vilaine (35) and Morbihan (56).
Note: Prior to 1941, the department of Loire Atlantique was also a part of the region of Brittany. Many people - especially in Brittany - would like that department "back". At the moment we have that department included in the region 'Pays de la Loire' but we welcome advertisements and so on from the Loire Atlantique on these pages too!
(See note above regarding the Loire Atlantique department).
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