Vannes, a market town located at the mouth of 2 rivers: the Marle and the Vincin, 450 km SW from Paris and 100 km NW of Nantes.

The word Vannes originates from 'Veneti' a seafaring race who lived in Gaul before the Roman invasion.

In 1759, the town was used as a staging point for a planned invasion of Britain by the French, this invasion was not to materialise due to the French navy suffering a defeat in November 1759.

During the French revolution in 1795, the French army that was based in Vannes at the time, managed to repel an invasion by Royalist British forces.