From the 13th to the 18th century, Bristol was among the top three English cities after London in tax receipts.

Bristol was surpassed by the rapid rise of Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool in the Industrial Revolution.

The Port of Bristol has since moved from Bristol Harbour in the city centre to the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Dock.

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In 1499 William Weston, a Bristol merchant, was the first Englishman to lead an exploration to North America.

At the height of the Bristol slave trade, from 1700 to 1807, more than 2,000 slave ships carried an estimated 500,000 people from Africa to slavery in the Americas.

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Bristol was a starting place for early voyages of exploration to the New World.

On a ship out of Bristol in 1497 John Cabot, a Venetian, became the first European since the Vikings to land on mainland North America.

The city has the largest circulating community currency in the U.

K.—the Bristol pound, which is pegged to the Pound sterling.

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