Cadillac, Gironde

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Cadillac
Chateau
Chateau
Coat of arms of Cadillac
Coat of arms
Cadillac is located in France
Cadillac
Cadillac
Coordinates: 44°38′14″N 0°19′03″W / 44.6372°N 0.3175°W / 44.6372; -0.3175Coordinates: 44°38′14″N 0°19′03″W / 44.6372°N 0.3175°W / 44.6372; -0.3175
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Gironde
Arrondissement Bordeaux
Canton Cadillac
Intercommunality Coteaux de Garonne
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Hervé Le Taillandier de Gabory
Area
 • Land1 5.44 km2 (2.10 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 2,382
 • Population2 density 440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 33081 / 33410
Elevation 3–92 m (9.8–301.8 ft)
(avg. 18 m or 59 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Cadillac is a commune in the Gironde department in Aquitaine in southwestern France.

Geography[edit]

Cadillac is directly across the Garonne river from Sauternes, and is known for producing sweet dessert wines under the Cadillac AOC designation.

History[edit]

Cadillac was founded in 1280 to serve as a river port for the castle of Benauges by the lord of the castle, Jean I de Grailly.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 3,204 —    
1968 3,748 +17.0%
1975 3,340 −10.9%
1982 2,961 −11.3%
1990 2,582 −12.8%
1999 2,365 −8.4%
2008 2,382 +0.7%

Sights[edit]

Cadillac is the home of the imposing Château des Ducs d'Épernon.

Name[edit]

The name of the commune was adopted by Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, the founder of Detroit and Governor of Louisiana, on his arrival to what is now the United States. The Cadillac division of General Motors, and Cadillac, Michigan are named after him.

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