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Originally appearing in Volume V08, Page 17 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DENAIN, a town of northern France in the department of Nord, 8 m. S.W. of Valenciennes by steam tramway. A mere village in the beginning of the 19th century, it rapidly increased from 1850 onwards, and, according to the censusof 1906, possessed 22,845 inhabitants, mainly engaged in the coal mines and iron-smelting works, to which it owes its development. There are also breweries, manufactories of machinery, sugar and glass. A school of commerce and industry is among the institutions. Denain has a port on the left bank of the Scheldt canal. Its vicinity was the scene of the decisive victory gained in 1712 by Marshal Villars over the allies commanded by Prince Eugene; and the battlefield is marked by a monolithic monument inscribed with the verses of Voltaire: " Regardez dans Denain 1'audacieux Villars Disputant le tonnerre a 1'aigle des Cesars."
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Influx inhibitants in first half of XX century was, in big part, from East Europe.To this time I'm looking for my French part of family without results.Aunt of my mother emigrated from Poland to Devain.Her daughter Clara Mazurek,born in 1914,married Frenchman named Dubrulle and lived firstly in Devain rue Montesqieu 81.later /1991/ in Valenciennes 10 rue Notre Dame,but...I don't know name of her husband and children. I think,that useful may be Romain Catholoc Church,but from many days can't find address.Your page I examined looking for them. I will be grateful to somebody for help in my trouble-Elizabeth from Poland
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