Digoin, a privileged place of passage in Gallo-Roman times, was located in a skein of four rivers: the Arroux, the Bourbince, the Vouzance and the Arconce. It became a river crossroads during the following centuries and was able to assert itself as a high place of transit for goods (wood, wine, coal...).

In the Middle Ages, Digoin was a small town inhabited by peasants and bargemen. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the city did not escape history and suffered the setback of the wars of religion losing a large part of its inhabitants. In the following centuries, the city lived to the rhythm of the river and became the "city of the Loire and the navy". As a result, most houses are built along the wharves and the population is growing. The canals (Canal du Centre, Canal Latéral à la Loire and Canal de Roanne); built in the 19th century, and a nearby quarry providing one of the whitest kaolins in Europe, became essential to its development. Digoin, is propelled capital of ceramics and the workers' cities emerge from the earth. Digoin, a waterside town in the heart of the Brionnais-Charolais region, with its 100 km of banks within a 6 km radius, today offers its assets to tourists, yachtsmen and fishermen.

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