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From Monts d'Or to Puy-de-Dôme
The Puy-de-Dôme department, in Auvergne, does not bear the name of its highest peak, Puy de Sancy, (6,184 ft / 1,885 m). It was named after the highest volcano in the Chaîne des Puys (4,806 ft / 1,465 m), located near Clermont-Ferrand, prefecture of the department. At first, the department was to be called Monts Dore, from the name of the mountain range of which Puy de Sancy is part. But in January 1790, Gaultier de Biauzat, a lawyer and deputy for the Third Estate, suggested avoiding the false impression of wealth that this name, then spelled Monts d'Or (Golden Mountains), was likely to convey.
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