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by Ivan Sache
Flag of the General Council of Morbihan
Traditional provinces: Brittany (traditional Breton province of Broërec)
Bordering departments: Côtes d'Armor, Finistère, Ille-et-Vilaine, Loire-Atlantique
Area: 6,823 km2
Population (1995): 633,000 inhabitants
Sous-préfectures: Lorient, Pontivy
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 42 cantons, 261 communes.
The department is named after the gulf of Morbihan (in Breton, little sea).
The department was officially named Morbihan on 4 March 1790. The General Council met for the first time on 25-30 July 1790, presided by M. Le Gros, former sénéchal of Vannes.