La Rochejaquelein, Henri Du Vergier, comte de

La Rochejaquelein or La Rochejacquelin, Henri Du Vergier, comte de

(both: äNrē` dü vĕrzhyā` kôNt də lä rôshzhäkəlăN`), 1772–94, French commander, leader of the counterrevolutionary army in the VendéeVendée
, department (1990 pop. 509,356), W France, on the Bay of Biscay, in Poitou. The offshore islands of Noirmoutier and Yeu are included in the department. Largely an agricultural (dairying, cattle raising) and forested region, the Vendée has many beach resorts
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. His legendary gallantry and tactical abilities were of little avail against superior republican armies. He was killed in battle.
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