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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Bristol Harbour

Bristol grew as a port city from the 13th century on the tidal reaches of the River Avon. From the 16th century after the voyages of John Cabot to North America, the port grew as a centre for trade with America with tobacco and slaves the main cargoes in the city's ships.

Bristol Harbour

Nowadays Bristol's main port is further down the Avon at the docks in Avonmouth and Portbury and the original harbour is mainly a tourist and residential centre with such attractions as
Pero's Bridge, the Arnolfini art gallery and the @Bristol Science Museum.

Bristol Harbour

Other attractions are Isambard Kingdom Brunel's SS Great Britain and a modern reconstruction of the Matthew - John Cabot's ship which took him and his crew to Newfoundland in 1497.

Bristol Harbour

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