of Charente-Maritime is located in the region of Poitou-Charentes.
The prefecture is La Rochelle
and the sous-prefectures are Jonzac, Rochefort, Saintes and Saint-Jean d'Angely.
Neighbouring departments are Charente,
The department is named after the river Charente, which flows into
the Atlantic Ocean.
It was formerly called Charente-Inferieure (Lower-Charente) but was
renamed to Charente-Maritime (Coastal-Charente) because Inferieure was regarded as
depreciative by the locals.
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