Rocroi

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Rocroi
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Coat of arms of Rocroi
Coat of arms
Rocroi is located in France
Rocroi
Rocroi
Coordinates: 49°55′34″N 4°31′20″E / 49.9261°N 4.5222°E / 49.9261; 4.5222Coordinates: 49°55′34″N 4°31′20″E / 49.9261°N 4.5222°E / 49.9261; 4.5222
Country France
Region Champagne-Ardenne
Department Ardennes
Arrondissement Charleville-Mézières
Canton Rocroi
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Sobanska
Area
 • Land1 50.41 km2 (19.46 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 2,386
 • Population2 density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 08367 / 08230

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.

Rocroi is a commune in the Ardennes department in northern France.

The center was a fortified city, the walls of which are in the shape of a stylised star.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 3,260 —    
1800 2,846 −12.7%
1806 3,008 +5.7%
1821 3,501 +16.4%
1831 3,173 −9.4%
1836 3,232 +1.9%
1841 3,780 +17.0%
1846 3,590 −5.0%
1851 3,765 +4.9%
1866 2,998 −20.4%
1872 2,281 −23.9%
1876 2,381 +4.4%
1881 2,977 +25.0%
1886 3,172 +6.6%
1891 2,265 −28.6%
1896 2,193 −3.2%
1901 2,176 −0.8%
1906 2,116 −2.8%
1911 2,256 +6.6%
1921 2,127 −5.7%
1926 2,442 +14.8%
1931 2,436 −0.2%
1936 2,250 −7.6%
1946 1,969 −12.5%
1954 2,348 +19.2%
1962 2,870 +22.2%
1968 2,997 +4.4%
1975 2,911 −2.9%
1982 2,789 −4.2%
1990 2,555 −8.4%
1999 2,420 −5.3%
2008 2,386 −1.4%

History[edit]

Rocroi was fortified by Francis I of France and expanded by Henry II of France. Because of its strategic location in the north of France it changed hands a number of times during wars. It is best known for the Battle of Rocroi in 1643.

Rocroi seen from the air shows its defensive structure

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