Blue Skies o'er Blackminster

The port of Noirmoutier is at low tide today.  When the monks ruled here and when this was the main port of the island, hundreds of ships docked here and in the bay nearby.  They delivered their catch, but most of all they sought the salt that the monks and others produced.  Until the mid-20th century salt was there world's "refrigerator."  Any boat at sea needed salt to preserve the catch for market.  Any merchant inland depended on it entirely to preserve the value of many foods that otherwise would have been lost.
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