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Poole Travel Guide

by our United Kingdom expert Terry Emery
 
Terry EmeryThe sea has always been prominent in the life of this Devon city. Sir Francis Drake at bowls, the Pilgrim Fathers, the Royal Navy, salt water runs in the city’s veins. Capt Cook sailed from here, as did Darwin in The Beagle on his Galapagos journey. Drake was Mayor of the city and after beating the Armada in 1588 (history doesn’t relate whether he won the bowls as well) also departed on his first circumnavigation. (The ‘Hoe’ is a flat-topped piece of land with splendid views over the Sound.) In 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers’ voyaged in the Mayflower from here to their New World colony – there’s a set of steps to the water known as Pilgrim Steps. After a long naval history, the Devonport naval base is now the largest in Western Europe. A political curiosity occurs with the city’s European Parliament constituency also representing Gibraltar – hundreds of miles away.
 

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