Lippe (department)

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Lippe is the name of a département of the First French Empire in present Germany. It is named after the river Lippe. It was formed in 1811, when Principality of Salm and a part of the Grand Duchy of Berg was annexed by France. Its territory is part of the present German lands Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia. Its capital was Münster. The département was subdivided into the following arrondissements and cantons (situation in 1812):[1]

Its population in 1812 was 339,355.[1]

In the months before the Lippe département was formed, the arrondissements of Rees and Münster were part of Yssel-Supérieur, the arrondissement of Steinfurt was part of Bouches-de-l'Yssel and the arrondissement of Neuenhaus was part of Ems-Occidental. After Napoleon was defeated in 1814, the département was divided between the Kingdom of Hanover and Prussia.


  1. ^ a b Almanach Impérial an bissextil MDCCCXII, p. 419-420, accessed in Gallica 25 July 2013 (French)

Coordinates: 51°57′N 7°37′E / 51.950°N 7.617°E / 51.950; 7.617