The border province of Picardie is shaped like a bent arm, roughly one hundred twenty miles long but only twenty to forty miles wide, stretching along the frontier with Spanish Flanders. It is a plain of low relief, with no mountains or large forests, crisscrossed by rivers and given over largely to wheatfields, orchards, and pastures. Linen weaving is an important industry in a number of Picard towns.

Picardie is bordered by Flanders on the north and northeast, Champagne to the east, Île-de-France to the south, and Normandie and La Manche (the Channel) to the west and northwest.

The governor of Picardie is served by two lieutenants, one each for Picardie and Santerre.

Cities, Towns, and Villages

  • Amiens – the provincial capital
  • Saint-Quentin
  • Abbeville
  • Montreville
  • Calais
  • Boulogne

The Landscape

Haute-Picardie – Upper Picardy, the south- and eastmost portions of the province

Moyen-Picardie – Middle Picardy, the central region

Basse-Picardie – Lower Picardy, the region of La Manche

  • Boulonois
  • The Reconquered Country
  • Ponthieu et Vimen


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