Force commerciale de la Grande-Bretagne: côtes et ports maritimes

Name of traveller

Charles Dupin (1784-1873)

Reason for travel

  • survey of British infrastructure

Date of travel

1816, 1817, 1818, 1819,1820

Caernarvon, ville renommée pour la salubrité de sa position, et très-fréquentée durant la belle saison, par les baigneurs valétudinaires. On fait un commerce considérable dans le port de Caernarvon. (Dupin 139)


  • art: reference to harp music and bardic tradition
  • customs: long-standing superstitions about healing qualities of holy wells
  • industry:
    • mentions places of industrial interest further inland although does not visit them
    • slate mining, as well as coal, lead a copper noted in north Wales
    • significant lead mines in Aberystwyth area
    • coal, iron, lime, copper, porcelain noted in south Wales
    • importance of tourism noted for Caernarfon, Tywyn, Tenby
  • terrain:
    • Anglesey described as barren and empty, Meirionethshire as infertile
  • transport:
    • observes Thomas Telford's (1757-1834) Menai Suspension Bridge in construction
    • all ports described and contrasted; Holyhead, Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Milford Haven noted for their busy ports
    • notes canals and early railways for industry
  • part of the series: Voyages dans la Grande-Bretagne entrepris relativement aux services publics de la guerre, de la marine et des ponts et chaussées, en 1816, 1817, 1818, 1819 et 1820. 6 vols. Paris: Bachelier, 1820-24. Print.
  • also available in various German and English translations and revised editions
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Type of publication

report; travelogue


Dupin, Charles. Force commerciale de la Grande-Bretagne: côtes et ports maritimes. Vol. 2 Paris: Bachelier, 1824. 237-52. Print.