Arrondissements of the Tarn department

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There are 2 arrondissements in the Tarn department.[1] The French departments, and in other countries, are divided into arrondissements, which may be translated into English as districts (in some cases, as boroughs). The capital of an arrondissement is called a subprefecture.

If the prefecture (capital) of the department is in an arrondissement, that prefecture is the capital of the arrondissement, acting both as a prefecture and as a subprefecture.

The arrondissements are further divided into cantons and communes.

The arrondissements of the Tarn department are:

  1. Arrondissement of Albi, (prefecture of the Tarn department: Albi), with 23 cantons and 170 communes.
  2. Arrondissement of Castres, (subprefecture: Castres), with 23 cantons and 153 communes.

History[change | change source]

Since its creation, the Tarn department has had few changes:[2]

  • 1790 : creation of the Tarn department with five districts: Albi, Castres, Lavaur, Gaillac, Lacaune; there were two alternating capitals: Albi and Castres
  • 1800 : creation of the arrondissements: Albi, Castres, Gaillac, Lavaur
  • 1926 : the arrondissements of Gaillac and Lavaur were eliminated

References[change | change source]

  1. "Liste des arrondissement du département du Tarn" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. http://www.insee.fr/fr/methodes/nomenclatures/cog/arrdep.asp?codedep=81. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  2. "Historique du Tarn" (in French). Le SPLAF. http://splaf.free.fr/81his.html. Retrieved 27 May 2014.