Corsica

By Lily Harnath

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Corsica (also known as Corse) is one of the 27 regions of France. It is located southeast of the French mainland. It has two departments called Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud. It's area is a total of 8,680km.


La région (Corse) est dans le sud-est de la France.

History

The first Corsicans lived in around 3000 BC. In 540 BC the island was colonised be the Greeks, but were succeeded by the Romans. Here is when conflict began. In 1729 the French pacified Corsica, but rebellion continued. Pastal Paoli declared independence in 1790 with the help of the British. However this did not last long because the British withdrew in 1796 and Paoli left to live in London. Napoleon moved in his army and Corsica has been a part of France ever since.


Facts

  • Corsica is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea
  • The island has approximately 1000km of coastline, 200 beaches and is mountainous
  • The main towns are Ajaccio, Corte, Bastia and Sartene
  • Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Corsica in 1769
  • The highest mountain in Corsica is Monte Cinto which is 2170m tall
  • French is their first language, but Corsican is also taught in schools
  • The available water sports are jet-skiing, water-skiing, wind-surfing, kite-surfing and sea kayaking

Food Specialities

  • Brocciu (cheese)
  • Figatellu (pork)
  • Fiaddone (cheese cake)
  • Miel (honey)

In Corsica food tends to be influenced by French and Italian cuisine, but still features some Corsican foods.

Tourist Attractions

One of the main things that tourists do when coming to Corsica is go hiking. The island is very mountainous. One of the most popular sights are the Calanche Cliffs which tower over the Mediterranean Sea.
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Why I Chose This Region

I chose Corsica to research because I didn't know a lot about it and wanted to find out more about its feautures and history. It also looked like a place that I would love to visit some day.