My apologoes to Francophones for the lack of diacritical marks.

A region encompassing most of southeastern France.

Originally known as Narbonensis, the area was seized by the Roman Republic during the Punic wars.
Narbonensis was later renamed Province. This is the origin of the word "Province", referring to a major administrative division of an Empire directly under central rule.

Julius Caesar's pretext for invading Gaul was that if he hadn't the Germanic Tribes would have conquered it and threatened Province.

Modern Provence is a Region of France consisting of six Departements. It is somewhat smaller than ancient Province, consisting only of its eastern half. Well known cities include Marseilles, Arles, Avignon, Toulon, and Nice.

La Provence has its own language, Provencal.

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