Location of Charente-Maritime in France
|Département||4 March 1790|
|• President||Dominique Bussereau|
|• Total||6,863.8 km2 (2,650.1 sq mi)|
|• Density||93/km2 (240/sq mi)|
| • Summer (|
Charente-Maritime (Saintongeais: Chérente-Marine) is a
The department, as Charente-Inférieure ("Lower Charente" because it was in the lower part of the Charente river), is one of the 83 French departments made during the
The new department had seven
In 1800, with the creation of the
On 10 September 1926, the arrondissements of Marennes and Saint-Jean-d'Angély were eliminated. In 1943, Saint-Jean-d'Angély was made again an arrondissement.
On 4 Septembre 1941, the name of the department was changed from Charente-Inférieure to the present name of Charente-Maritime.