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FrenchBorn Jacques CATHELINEAU

French Vendéan insurrection leader during the French Revolution

Born on January 05, 1759 in Pin-en-Mauges, France , France

Died on July 14, 1793 in Saint-Florent-le-Vieil, France

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Born at Le Pin-en-Mauges, in the lands now forming the département of Maine-et-Loire, Jacques Cathelineau became well known in Anjou, a region over which he travelled as a peddler and alleged dealer in contraband goods. His physical strength, macho charisma, and great piety enabled him to command considerable respect among his fellow peasants.

In the first years of the Revolution, Cathelineau joined the numbers of Vendean peasants disgusted by the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, the draft laws, and the execution of King Louis XVI of France. He collected an army of peasants and waged a private war against the government of the First French Republic.


Republican propagandists and their modern sympathizers have alleged that the revolt was provoked by the exhortations of Roman Catholic priests and Royalist émigrés.

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