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Aquitaine, région of France encompassing the southwestern départements of Dordogne, Gironde, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne, and Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The present-day région roughly matches the western half of the historical region of Aquitaine.

Aquitaine is bounded by the régions of Poitou-Charentes to the north, Limousin to the northeast, and Midi-Pyrénées to the east. It is bordered on the south by Spain, and its western shores line the Atlantic Ocean along the Bay of Biscay. The capital is Bordeaux. Area 15,949 square miles (41,309 square km).

Pop. (1999) 2,908,359; (2012 est.) 3,285,970.

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