Frédéric-Fontaine

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Frédéric-Fontaine
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Frédéric-Fontaine is located in France
Frédéric-Fontaine
Frédéric-Fontaine
Coordinates: 47°39′27″N 6°37′49″E / 47.6575°N 6.6303°E / 47.6575; 6.6303Coordinates: 47°39′27″N 6°37′49″E / 47.6575°N 6.6303°E / 47.6575; 6.6303
Country France
Region Franche-Comté
Department Haute-Saône
Arrondissement Lure
Canton Champagney
Area
 • Land1 3.48 km2 (1.34 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 232
 • Population2 density 67/km2 (170/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 70254 / 70200
Elevation 334–498 m (1,096–1,634 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.

Frédéric-Fontaine is a commune in the Haute-Saône department in the region of Franche-Comté in eastern France.

Frédéric-Fontaine near Etobon, was established in 1603 by the Duke Frederick of Wurtemburg as a haven for persecuted Swiss Protestants and others from France. He found a cool spring here on a hunting trip in 1586, hence the “fountain.” [1] Fourteen founding families settled here in the early 17th century. Continued pressure on religious freedom, European conflicts (such as the War of the Austrian Succession) and lack of economic opportunity led some families from Frédéric-Fontaine to emigrate, mainly to North America. Many of these families, alongside others in the region and also from the Palatinate, boarded ships in the 1750s for Nova Scotia as part of the British scheme to settle newly acquired colony with Foreign Protestants to supplant the local French Catholic population. [2]

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