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ISLANDERS and INSULARITY
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Insular Tourism
The islanders had, from the very start of the XIXème century the possibility of meeting foreigners, and they were even the object, on behalf of the latter, sometimes prickly descriptions, sometimes eulogistic. The multiple accounts of travellers testify indeed, throughout XIXème century, if not of a real tourist activity, at least of a curiosity and an early interest for North-Finistere and in fact for the island of Batz. This tourism, in the Forties, it is in fact the confrontation of two different cultures, reflection of France whose evolution is still done at two speeds
Islanders

The Island of Batz has at all times sheltered of the men, whose occupation required a more or less prolonged regular absence. The starting concept is inherent with the nature even of the carried on activity and revêt not this final character, so painfully felt by the true emigrants. Indeed, when life constrained the islander to give up his island for one duration, it knows that it will be long, it makes of him, beyond its condition of expatriate, one uprooted, and of the departure a major tearing. Because the departure does not imply only here a separation of with a familiar and expensive space to the c?ur; it means also the abandonment of way of life, common references, on the one hand of oneself summons some. This major attachment with the country, who results not only in one real affection for the framework of life but also the need for opening out there, degenerate easily into nostalgia, when separation is imposed.
The syndrome of insular nostalgia extends well beyond the simple regret to be able to live in so much liked space. It translates this impossibility or at least this extreme difficulty, that have the islanders to smell well elsewhere.
The islander in the love which it tests for the Island of Batz, as a framework of lived sound is at the same time and strongly still, attache with the concept even of insularity. This one is indeed a prevalent element, in the identity of each islander.
However, insularity introduces also notable differences which, combined with the own insular history, give to Batz particular features. The mobility of the islanders, contrast singularly with a deep attachment with the country, distinguish Batziens as of the its neighbors. In addition the insular community is deeply marked by a cohesion, that the exiguity of the territory comes to reinforce.