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Historical Description[]

Located at the mouth of the Seine River, Le Havre (literally ‘the harbor’) was founded in 1517. Protected by walls and a fortress, the town prospered through the 18th century. Le Havre saw its fair share of military action due to its proximity to England. In the Seven Years War, it was the staging point for an invasion of England which was foiled when the Royal Navy destroyed the assembled fleet. The city suffered again from British predations during the Napoleonic Wars.

After the wars, Le Havre modernized quickly and soon specialized in the import of coffee and cotton. In the second half of the 19th century, the wealthy and fashionable port became a popular seaside resort for the Parisian elite. Intense Allied bombing destroyed the vast majority of the city during World War II. It never fully recovered, but retains some importance as one of Paris’s main outlets to the sea.

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