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The Spitting Boy Fountain

The small picturesque town of Koblenz is one of the oldest towns in Germany—though for a couple of decades it was actually a part of France, a nationality interruption that left a lasting legacy on the local landscape.

During the French period between 1794 and 1814 and continuing afterward, a large number of children who were born to French and German parents were named Jean. The popular name later morphed into the Schang per the local dialect and then into Schängel, which became a moniker for the residents of the region.

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