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NOTES FOR WISSANT

Wissant is located on the coast 18.5km south of Calais in the Nord Pas-De Calais region of France.

Because of it's close proximity to to England it has been used as a launching point for many an invasion.

It is believed that the troops of Julius Caesar left from here for the first Roman invasion of England in 55BC.

In 1738 a violent storm caused sand to cover 63 houses in the village in one night and another major storm in 1777 finished off what was left.

Couragous locals took it on themselves to rebuild their homes behind where the old one had stood. It is this settlement that we see today.

After the Napoleonic wars artists such as Turner, Manet and Boudin came to the area attracted by it's lanscape and light.

Source: www.ville-wissant.fr.

 

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