The overlays that highlight 17th century London features are approximate and derived from Wenceslaus Hollar’s maps:

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Brest is a city in the in Brittany in northwestern France. Located in a sheltered position not far from the western tip of the Breton peninsula.

The advantages of Brest's situation as a seaport town were first recognized by Cardinal Richelieu, who in 1631 constructed a harbor with wooden wharves. This soon became a base for the French Navy. Jean-Baptiste Colbert – the finance minister under Louis XIV – rebuilt the wharves in masonry and otherwise improved the base. Fortifications by Vauban (1633–1707) followed in 1680–1688.…

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

From 1673, the three great French ports of war — Brest and Rochefort on the Atlantic, and Toulon on the Mediterranean — had a doctor and a navy surgeon who were “provided for,” meaning paid a wage. This number soon increased to two doctors and six surgeons, who took turns to embark.…

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