The British Empire and its effect on Plymouth

William of Orange

Plymouth was the very first part of England to declare allegiance to Dutch King as he led an army to usurp power from the Catholic King James. After coming to power, William was instrumental in recognising the strategic possibilities of a Dockyard on the Hamoaze. He personally visited the first stone dock ever built. The first dock is still in place and can be seen at the very southern tip of the dockyards near Mutton Cove. It can be seen here and if you look carefully you can see a statue to William next to it.

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