Dieppe: its history and its neighbourhoods
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Dieppe takes its name from the English word "deep," a name given by the Normans in the 7th or 8th century due to the deep bed cut into the chalky soil of the Pay de Caux by the Arques river, which can accommodate sea-going vessels. In 1195, Philip II of France drove back Richard the Lionheart and destroyed the city. When the Duchy of Normandy was annexed in 1204, the city became French until the reign of Francis I. Over the centuries, French kings maintained good relations with the population of this strategic town by granting them numerous privileges. Dieppe became a town of adventurers, corsairs and shipowners, like Jean Ango whose ships explored the coasts of Brazil, Africa and North America, bringing prosperity to the town.
Dieppe has been listed as a town of art and history by the French Ministry for Culture since 1985, and its heritage department offers tours year-round, including the historic town centre, port and fishermen's neighbourhood, sea front, the Castle-Museum, and more.