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"The lion, heritage of the Duc d'Aquitaine and guardian of the ocean"
The perimeter of New Aquitaine is in the shape of a lion's head, which regroups the entire territory, its profile matching the Atlantic Coast.
The New Aquitaine Lion is turned towards the Atlantic Ocean. He can therefore be considered "the guardian of the ocean", just like the Cordouan lighthouse (modeled after the Alexandria lighthouse) was in the early half of the 17th century.
This emblematic animal is a direct reference to Richard Lionheart, son of Alienor of Aquitaine, who was at the end of the 12th century the most powerful King of England and Duc of Aquitaine.
"New Aquitaine, Land of Mixed Waters"
The lion's flowing mane corresponds to the shape of the five main rivers which cross New Aquitaine, from mountains to oceans.
Adour, Charente, Dordogne, Garonne, Vienne... these vivid waters have been, since old times, the origin of most population foyers, commercial and travel routes between the Atlantic Coast and the "High Countries".
The lion's coat of arms, stading tall and red in colour on a white background, have been used since the 11th century on the entire neo-aquitan territory. Some cities such as Poitiers, Chatellerault, Espelette or Ustaritz still show this red lion as their emblem.
Its contemporary counter-part, the e-coat, boasts blue waves to illustrate the strong attachment between this historical territory and the Atlantic Ocean: "Aquitania, Land of Waters".
Excerpts from "History" page of the Conseil General d'Aquitaine, photo credit Isabelle Poch-Wattine / Google Image Search