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Video File The expansion of London from the Roman settlement onwards.
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The Port of London and the River Thames have always been at the heart of Britain’s commerce and industry. London was a port long before it became a great city and the capital of Britain. In many ways, London the capital was founded on London the port. From the Roman era to the present, London’s docks and its global maritime connections have played a significant part in the development of the City and in the growth of its commercial institutions. At the same time, however, the development of London as a port has been stimulated by the commercial, financial and political growth of the ever-expanding capital.
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The early portThe early port

London grows from a Roman settlement to a bustling medieval port
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The Tudor and Stuart portThe Tudor and Stuart port

London becomes a gateway to the markets and products of the world
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The 18th century portThe 18th century port

London becomes a centre of finance, commerce and industry
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The 19th century portThe 19th century port

Docks and industry transform the Thames
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The 20th century portThe 20th century port

The changing fortunes of Docklands and the port
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