Introduction of Vendee
Department of W France, in Poitou, on the Bay ofBiscay with its capital at La Roche-sur-Yon. Createda department at the time of the French Revolution,it gave its name to the Wars of the Vendee from1793 to 1832. In the first war the peasants, incensedby the anticlericalism of the revolution, launched anunsuccessful counterrevolutionary campaign. Therewere later, smaller, uprisings in 1799, 1815, and 1832.