A Handbook of Northern France
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from ... Show synopsis This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 Excerpt: ... valleys in the back slope of the upland. Farther west, the upland, much narrower than near Metz, is obliquely trenched by the Meuse (165 m.), flowing northwest; there Stenay and Mouzon lie between the hills of the upland (350 m. on east, 330 m. on southwest): it thus appears that the Meuse, which flows obliquely inward through the fifth upland belt between Langres and Neufchateau, flows obliquely outward through it south of the Ardennes; the points of entrance and exit are about 180 k. apart. Evidently the northernmost part of this upland belt, reduced in width to about 10 k., has little continuity: nevertheless the form and the relative positions of its parts are best appreciated when they are recognized as belonging together although cut apart by traversing rivers. Mouzon is notable as marking the crossing place of an ancient Roman road, which holds an almost direct course over hill and dale, still followed for long stretches by secondary modern roads, between:: Rheims, 85 k. distant to the southwest, and Treves (German, Trier) on the Moselle, 110 k. distant to the east-northeast. After crossing the high crest of the fourth upland belt (336 m.), the road descends and traverses the lowland (here no longer called the Woevre) between the fourth and fifth belts to Mouzon; it then passes over the fifth upland to the next lowland, where Carignan lies at the crossing of theChiers; then along the sixth upland belt and away. Mouzon and Carignan are therefore good examples of ancient river-crossing towns, the general location of which is dependent upon the intersection of an almost direct long-continued road with the rivers on its course, though the precise sites of crossing were probably influenced by suitable points for fording, at which bridges were later built..