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Map of "Les Ponts de Cé"
The roots of Gustave Pierre Hamonet


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Les Ponts-de-Cé are located on the river Loire. "Ponts" means "Bridges". Here, the river Loire is wide with several arms and sandy areas. About "Cé" a legend says it refers to César who intented to give his name to the town, but under the pressure of native people of the country known as "Andégaves" and the country itself "Andes" which becomes "Anjou", Caesar, (César in French) had no time enough to end the word "Cé..."

The main bridge in Les Ponts de Cé is called Dumnacus bridge. Dumnacus was Andegaves’s chief fighting against Caesar’s roman army during their conquest or the Gaules (old France). This was in year 51 B.C.

Auguste, Léon, Gustave junior Hamonet used to climb the side wall of the bridge and to run on it as said in Marie-Louise Hamonet’s manuscript.

Dumnacus

(JPG) The seventh book of the War of the Gaules does not state where Julius Caesar mastered the revolt of the local people led by Dumnac, or « Dumnacus », one year after the battle of Alesia.
And yet, the Ponts de Cé have adopted the rebel as one of their own, mixing up his story with a die-hard Renaissance legend .
In the XIX century, the sculptor David d’Angers was dreaming of erecting a colossal statue of Dumnac on the banks of the river. This wish came true in 1887, when one of his statues, on the monument to King René (in Angers), was used as a model by the sculptor Hubert Louis Noel for a sculpture to be erected on the bridge. The bridge, until then called « Pont des Marchands » or « Pont St Maurille » came to be known as « Pont Dumnacus ». Partially damaged in 1940, the statue was destroyed in August 1944. A new statue was inaugurated ten years later on the rebuilt bridge. On its base, a few lines are written to emphasize the link between the rebellion of the Gallic chief and the heroism of the « Resistants » during the Second World War.

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