citadelle-vauban16Around 6 000 B.C. : Belle-Île is isolated by rising water levels
IVth century A.D. : Vindilis’ mentioned in the Antonine itinerary.
1004 : : « Guédel» island is given to the Benedictines of Redon
1029 : Belle-Île is entrusted to the Benedictines of Quimperlé
1549 : François of Rohan commences construction of the first fort
1573-1658 : Marquisat des Gondi
1617 : The poet Saint-Amant composes his “Solitudes” in the Gondi court
1658-1661 : Marquisat de Nicolas Fouquet
1674 : Dutch descent resulting in the relocation of Palais market town.
1682 : Twelve poisoners are imprisoned in the citadel.
1683 – 1685 – 1689 : Vauban comes to Belle-Ile to improve the state of defenses
1718 : Inclusion of the island in the royal domain
1720-1722 : Belle-île is indentured to the East India company
1759 : Battle of Quiberon Bay
1761-1763 : Citadel siege then occupation by the English
1765 : Influx of 78 Acadian families
1800 : Cadoudal conspiracy to seize Belle-ile
1802-1870 : Construction of Palais city walls
1846 : Opening of the first sardine cannery
1850 : Incarceration of Barbès and Blanqui
1886 : Claude Monet stays in Kervilahouen
1894 : Sarah Bernhardt explores the pointe des Poulains
10th May 1945 : Liberation of Belle-Île
12th August 1960 : The government sells the citadel Museum Vauban Citadel – The 1st Museum hôtel in France