Friday, January 07, 2005

On this day in military 1558

On this day in military 1558. The French retake the port of Calais from the English. English King Edward III captured Calais from the French in 1347 during the Hundred Years War after a siege that lasted almost a year. After capturing the city, he drove out most of the French and re-settled them with people from England in order to make Calais an English gateway to France. Calais was so prosperous from the tin, lead, cloth and wool trades that it was considered a part of England and had representives in the English parliment. However, the French didn't ever forget that this was French territory and finally in 1558, the Duke of Guise, Francis 1, succeeded in retaking the city from the English.


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