Photographer's Note

It was May Day and the town square was almost empty: a photographer's dream! I fell in love with it almost immediately: the colours here are superb, and reminded me of a chocolate box! I do hope that any Mulhousians reading this will forgive me for that observation!

Mulhouse, like most of Alsace, has had a stormy political history, which has resulted in a unique culture: a blend of French and German language and customs that nonetheless becomes wholly something of its own.
Mulhouse was part of the southern Alsatian county of Sundgau in the Holy Roman Empire. In 1354, her citizens decided to join 9 other cities to form the Décapole, an association of ten Free Imperial Cities in Alsace. In 1515, the city joined the Swiss Confederation as an associate and was therefore not annexed by France in the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 like the rest of the Sundgau. However, it voted to join France 150 years later, on January 4, 1798, during the French Directory period.
After the Franco-Prussian War and the unification of Germany, Mulhouse was annexed to the German Empire as part of the territory of Alsace-Lorraine (1870-1918). The city was occupied by French troops on 8 August 1914 at the start of World War I, but they were forced to withdraw two days later in the Battle of Mulhouse. Alsace-Lorraine was returned to France in 1918. It was occupied and annexed by Nazi Germany after the Battle of France in 1940, until restored to France at the close of the war in 1945.

Tech: shot in jpeg, minor cropping to straighten perspective, resized for TE

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