Dieppe

Today we set off for Dieppe.  A small costal city of 32,000 people about 20km from where we are staying.  First recorded as a small fishing settlement in 1030, Dieppe was an important prize fought over during the Hundred Years’ War. Dieppe housed the most advanced French school of cartography in the 16th century. Two of France’s best navigators, Michel le Vasseur and his brother Thomas le Vasseur, lived in Dieppe when they were recruited to join the expedition of René Goulaine de Laudonnière which departed Le Havre for Florida on April 20, 1564.  Ravaged by wars, destroyed and rebuilt that seems to be the predominant theme for the history of Dieppe.

 

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