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Le Canal de Ceinture des Hollandais
canals such as the one shown here have the role of recuperating the
overflow waters from the marshes, which are then either discharged to
the sea or retained for irrigation of the land in times of drought.
Their function is best viewed during times of flood especially at the
Bund "Bonde du Coteau" between Nalliers and Chaille-les-Marais.
Canal de la Ceinture des Hollandais was built in the 13th century when
it was called d'Achenal le Roi, it was restored by Dutch engineers 1642
at the request of King Henry IV hence its name today. The water
was drawn off to reclaim what was then the Petite Poitou by 2 canals at
right angles to each other and the entire polder covered some 6670
hectares which were devided into holdings of 50ha each.
In 1651 the nearby polders of Champagne and Bois Dieux in Vix were created
Apart from its essential work of drainage the waterway is a natural haven for flora and fauna
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