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The area which is known today as Limoges has been settled by various people since the beginning of human history. Archaeological discoveries have confirmed that pre-historic people lived in the region thousands of years ago. Prior to the A.D. era, the Limoges region was a part of the ancient Roman Empire . At the beginning of the A.D. era, it was taken over by various groups, including the Germans, until eventually the French gained control over the area.
Limoges began to flourish around the ninth century with the construction of numerous religious sites. Throughout the thirteenth century, additions to the area were made, including walling off part of the city and building castles to house the leaders of the region. Although there was not significant growth for some period after that, the region continued to thrive.
At the end of the eighteenth century, the French Revolution took place in the area and many of the historical sites were destroyed. This turned out to be a positive thing for the area though because the people of Limoges were forced to rebuild their lives. In doing so, they discovered the porcelain industry, creating a niche for themselves in the soon-to-industrialize world. This is what the area is best known for today.