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This is where the discovery of Quebec, Canada, began. It is Honfleur small town in Normandy, France. The city took part in the movement of the great discoveries, with in particular the departure into 1503 of Binot Paulmierde Gonneville to the coasts of Brazil, the visit of what is now Newfoundland island and the mouth of the Saint Lawrence in 1506 by Honfleurais Jean Denis, or the departure of an expedition in 1608, directed by Samuel de Champlain, which ends to the foundation of the town of Quebec.Honfleur is a harbour commune in the Norman département of Calvados, in France, located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine, very close to the exit of the Pont de Normandie. It is especially known for its old, beautiful picturesque port, characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages, painted many times by artists, including in particular Gustave Courbet, Claude Monet and Johan Jongkind, forming the école de Honfleur which contributed to the appearance of the Impressionist movement . The Sainte-Catherine church, which has a bell-tower separate from the principal building, is the largest church made out of wood of France.
The first written mention attesting the existence of Honfleur emanates from Richard III, duke of Normandy, in 1027. It is also proven that in the middle of the 12th century, the city represented a significant transit point for goods from Rouen to England.
Located at the outlet of one of the principal rivers of France and in contact with the sea and supported by a relatively rich back country, Honfleur profited from a strategic position which appeared starting with the Hundred Years' War. Charles V strengthened the town in order to close the estuary of the Seine to the English, with the support of the port close to Harfleur. Honfleur was however taken and occupied by the English in 1357 and from 1419 to 1450. Apart from this period, raiding parties often set out from its port to ransack the English coasts, memorably partially destroying of the town of Sandwich, in Kent, England, in the 1450s.
Honfleur underwent a boom in maritime trade both after the end of the Hundred Years' War (However, there was a disturbance to this boom at the time of the wars of religion of the 16th century.) and at the end of the 18th century. (Wikipedia )
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