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Quai Ste-Catherine, Honfleur by cclaude
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FEATURED in ALPHABET SOUP, in THE BEST OF REDBUBBLE, in NAUTICAL, in 60 AND BEYOND and in HARBOUR LIFE

The slate covered houses along Quai Ste-Catherine on the west side of the Old Harbor in Honfleur

The first written mention of Honfleur is a reference by Richard III, duke of Normandy, in 1027. By the middle of the 12th century, the city represented a significant transit point for goods from Rouen to England.

Located on the estuary of one of the principal rivers of France with a safe harbour and relatively rich hinterland, Honfleur profited from its strategic position from the start of the Hundred Years’ War. The town’s defences were strengthened by Charles V in order to protect the estuary of the Seine from attacks from the English. This was supported by the nearby port of Harfleur. However, Honfleur was taken and occupied by the English in 1357 and from 1419 to 1450. When under French control, raiding parties often set out from the port to ransack the English coasts, including partially destroying the town of Sandwich, in Kent, England, in the 1450s.

At the end of the Hundred Years’ War, Honfleur benefited from the boom in maritime trade until the end of the 18th century. Trade was disturbed during the wars of religion in the 16th century. The port saw the departure of a number of explorers, in particular in 1503 of Binot Paulmierde Gonneville to the coasts of Brazil. In 1506, Honfleurais Jean Denis departed for Newfoundland island and the mouth of the Saint Lawrence. An expedition in 1608, organised by Samuel de Champlain, founded the city of Quebec in modern day Canada.

After 1608, Honfleur thrived on trade with Canada, the West Indies, the African coasts and the Azores. As a result the town became one of the five principal ports for the slave trade in France.

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  • Melissa Dickson
    Melissa Dicksonover 2 years ago


    Don’t forget to enter the best of “Q” challenge Here

    Entries close in four days, and then voting will run for three days.

    Great image, Congratulations!
    From your hosts of Alphabet Soup Bevlea Ross and Melissa

  • Thank you for the feature. Glad to be moving on.

    – cclaude

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréover 2 years ago

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréover 2 years ago

  • Thank you very much for this feature. Truly appreciated!

    – cclaude

  • Bevlea Ross
    Bevlea Rossover 2 years ago

    Congratulations you finishd in the Top Ten for Letter Q


    Lovely image, well done!
    From your hosts of Alphabet Soup Bevlea Ross and Melissa

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 1 year ago


    Congratulations! Fascinating image. Beautiful work!
    View your feature here and join me in celebrating our love of Nautical
    March 2013

  • Thank you for this feature. Truly appreciated!

    – cclaude

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 1 year ago

    You have a great photographer’s eye, cclaude! This is wonderful. Congratulations on your feature in NAUTICAL – FAVE:>)

  • Just one pretty old slide…They can make nice pictures sometimes, and wonderful memories.

    – cclaude

  • Yukondick
    Yukondickover 1 year ago

    Lovely cityscape

  • It is indeed a lovely old place – even if invaded by tourists.Thank you for this feature. Truly appreciated!

    – cclaude

  • Evita
    Evitaover 1 year ago

    Wonderful work !!!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    Harbour Life ~ FEATURES ~ April 17th, 2013

  • Thank you for the feature. Always appreciated.

    – cclaude

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