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End of autumn in the countryside of Fribourg.

The district of Broye is one of the seven districts of the canton of Freiburg in Switzerland.
A canoe of the Age of the stone (approx. 6200 before J. - Christ) found with Estavayer-the-Lake testifies to an early colonization of the area. Many discoveries dating from the end of the age of the stone with Portalban let conclude that the man was quickly established in the area. True centers of manufacture of jewels, weapons (axes, swords), textiles and potteries were discovered in Cheyres, Font, Estavayer-the-Lake, Autavaux, Gletterens and Portalban. The Celtic and Roman discoveries are also numerous. The name Broye is Celtic: Broye = brogia.
From 500 after J. - Christ the christianization of all the territory is felt. The first churches such as Domdidier, Dompierre-the-Large, Dompierre-the-Small and Turns, are examples. The consruction of the castles starts about the year thousand. Several castles and ruins testify to this time. Following the wars of Burgundy the influence of Freiburg increases. In 1536 Broye disaggregates in several parts. By the reform, catholic enclaves are formed in the middle of Broye of Vaud. Starting from XVIe century of powerful families seize the power (Patriciat). This capacity falls at the time from the French invasion at the beginning of the XIXe century. After the war of Sonderbund (1847), the canton of Freiburg gives itself a new constitution. Broye becomes one of the seven districts and remained in this form so far. On March 19, 1848, the cantonal constitution between into force. It is also the birth of the district of Broye.

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