Cantigny, Somme

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For the World War I battle that occurred here, see Battle of Cantigny. For the estate in Illinois named in honor of Cantigny, see Cantigny Park.
Cantigny is located in France
Coordinates: 49°39′51″N 2°29′35″E / 49.6642°N 2.4931°E / 49.6642; 2.4931Coordinates: 49°39′51″N 2°29′35″E / 49.6642°N 2.4931°E / 49.6642; 2.4931
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Somme
Arrondissement Montdidier
Canton Montdidier
Intercommunality Canton of Montdidier
 • Mayor (2001–2008) M. Benoît De Weirdt
Area1 4.03 km2 (1.56 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 123
 • Density 31/km2 (79/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 80170 / 80500
Elevation 64–112 m (210–367 ft)
(avg. 104 m or 341 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.

Cantigny is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.


During World War I, a battle liberated the town from German forces. Major General Robert Lee Bullard commanded the US First Division in the United States' first victory of the war. About 10 years later, Colonel Robert R. McCormick named his estate in Illinois after the town.


Cantigny is situated on the D28 road, some 20 miles (32 km) southeast of Amiens.


Historical population of Cantigny, Somme
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 110 117 116 123 131 124 123
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

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