Bristol is associated with the heritage of Long John Silver, one of the principal characters in Treasure Island
Bristol was formed at the end of the last Ice Age when flood waters created the beautiful Avon Gorge; 10km from the sea and through this ravine, first a Saxon and then a Norman settlement grew up on a rocky outcrop at the confluence of the rivers Frome and Avon, surrounded by seven hills.
Bristol became a fortified port and town, coming to the fore during Norman times when massive civil engineering projects created a strong castle and stone bridge, and doubled port capacity with the creation of the Frome trench, making it one of the pre-eminent ports in Werstern Europe. The port blossomed for over 700 years and had its heyday exploring and trading with the Americas, spawning explorers, adventurers and great works of literature culminating in Treasure Island.
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