A Literary Tour de France
|Population:||17,800 in 1780.|
|Book Trade:||twelve booksellers and three printers. Guild and chambre syndicale.|
|Institutions:||capital of Poitou, with royal Intendance, military government, tax généralité, and bishopric.|
university, large college, school of surgery, academy of painting, theater, newspaper, and reading cabinet. Garrison town.
Literacy (for entire département): male 19%, female 9%.
|Communications:||destination and overnight stop on diligence post road from Paris, branching point for Bordeaux and La Rochelle.|
|Economy:||limited trade, mostly in wool stockings and caps, leather, sheepskins. Grain and wine growing|