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The diverse and thriving city of Bordeaux is manly known for its vineyards and delicious wines. Situated near the European Atlantic coast, in the southwest of France, Bordeaux has been an important trading port for centuries. Bordeaux belonged to the British for 300 years from 1154 to 1453. Under the English rule the merchants made a fortune from their monopoly of wine sales on the British market. After the Hundred Years War, Bordeaux fell back under the authority of the king of France. Today Bordeaux produces over 700 million bottles of wine per year, from every day table wines to some of the most expensive bottles in the world!
With the discovery of the New World, their ideal position close to the Atlantic Ocean gave them the opportunity to expand their markets overseas. Ships sailed of to West Indies with manufactured products and hard ware and returned to France with sugar, coffee and Indigo. Because of the trade Bordeaux became a very important and wealthy city.
The 18th century is considered the golden age of Bordeaux. Many of the downtown buildings are from this period. In June 2007 UNESCO included the whole city center on their list of World Heritage Sites.
Bordeaux thanks its good economic situation today, to the heritage from the past and present businesses. Bordeaux is an elegant city of wide avenues, neoclassical architecture and interesting sites all in the proximity of surfing beaches, the Pyrenees Mountains and the world renowned vineyards.