and Villages of the Vendee
picturesque village which is situated in the middle of the Marais Breton in the
very north west of the Vendee was once an island (Ile de Bouin). On the 7th June
567 the island was submerged by the high tide and all the residence were
drowned. In 813 the island was invaded by the Vikings.
In all the island has
been submerged over 40 times the last time was in 1940, but since the
construction of the 14 kilometer of dykes some 3 kilometer out into the
Baie de Bourgneuf the sea has been kept at bay.
was made prosperous by the production of salt and the many grand house of the
village bear witness to this prosperity.
With the building of the dykes it
was possible to exploit the rich fishing ground of the Baie de Bourgneuf and in
particular the mussels and oysters with the creation of the Ports de Bec, Port
des Champs and port des Bouchets and the creation of oyster farms behind the
on the Eglise-Notre-Dame-de-Bouin around which the village is centered referes
to the massacre of 85 persons which included 65 women who had saught refuge in
the stairs to the bell tower on the 6th December 1795 during the Wars of the
Port de Bec. (Chinese port), Port de Champs and Port des
Brouchets are colourful and lively fishing harbours where the wooden jetties
supported on long poles driven into the muddy channel have brightly coloured
fishing boats moored. At the land side of the harbours are the eluces to contol
the water level and at low tide the water rushes down past the boats on its way
to the sea, at high water the ports are lively with returning fishing