Map of the former département de la Sarre
Sarre is the name of a department of the First French Empire, having been annexed in 1680, now part of Germany and Belgium. It is named after the river Saar. It was formed in 1798, when the left bank of the Rhine was annexed by France. Prior to the occupation, its territory was divided between the Archbishopric of Trier, Nassau-Saarbrücken and the Electorate of the Palatinate (the Duchy of Zweibrücken and the County of Veldenz). Its territory is part of the present German states Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland as well as a tiny adjacent section of the Belgian province of Liège. Its capital was Trier. The département was subdivided into the following arrondissements and cantons (situation in 1812):
- Trier (French: Trèves), cantons Bernkastel, Büdlich, Konz, Pfalzel, Saarburg, Schweich, Trier and Wittlich.
- Birkenfeld, cantons: Baumholder, Birkenfeld, Grumbach, Hermeskeil, Herrstein, Kusel, Meisenheim, Rhaunen and Wadern.
- Prüm, cantons: Blankenheim, Daun, Gerolstein, Kyllburg, Lissendorf, Manderscheid, Prüm, Reifferscheid and Schönberg.
- Saarbrücken, cantons: Blieskastel, Lebach, Merzig, Ottweiler, Saarbrücken, Sankt Wendel and Waldmohr.
Its population in 1812 was 277,596, and its area was 493,513 hectares.
After Napoleon was defeated in 1814, most of the département became part of Prussia, with smaller parts assigned to Duchy of Oldenburg (Birkenfeld) and Bavaria. Cantons of Sankt Wendel and Baumholder was given to Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld as Principality of Lichtenberg, which was sold to Prussia in 1834 and canton of Meisenheim was given to Hesse-Homburg, which was annexed to Prussia in 1866. The former Schönberg canton would later be included in the Eupen-Sankt Vith-Malmedy plebiscite area following World War I.
- Saar, League of Nations governed territory (1920-1935)
- Saar, French protectorate (1947-1959)
Coordinates: 49°45′00″N 6°38′00″E / 49.75°N 6.63333°E