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Maritime trade suffered a major decline with the move away from sailing craft as materials such as iron and steel were not available on the island.Le Braye du Valle was a tidal channel that made the northern extremity of Guernsey, Le Clos du Valle, a tidal island.The two Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey together form the geographical grouping known as the Channel Islands.The earliest evidence of shipping was the discovery of a wreck in St Peter Port harbor of a ship, which has been named "Asterix".The entire jurisdiction lies within the Common Travel Area of the British Isles and is not a member of the European Union, but has a special relationship with it, being treated as part of the European Community with access to the single market for the purposes of free trade in goods.Taken together with the separate jurisdictions of Alderney and Sark it forms the Bailiwick of Guernsey.This article is about the eponymous island, the administrative unit, and the jurisdiction of Guernsey.For the whole Bailiwick, see Bailiwick of Guernsey. For other uses, see Guernsey (disambiguation).) is an island in the English Channel off the coast of Normandy.

Guernsey was very heavily fortified during World War II, out of all proportion to the island's strategic value.Le Braye du Valle was drained and reclaimed in 1806 by the British Government as a defence measure.The eastern end of the former channel became the town and harbour (from 1820) of St Sampson's, now the second biggest port in Guernsey. The roadway called "The Bridge" across the end of the harbour at St Sampson's recalls the bridge that formerly linked the two parts of Guernsey at high tide.This intensified during the Hundred Years War, when, starting in 1339, the island was occupied by the Capetians on several occasions.In 1372, the island was invaded by Aragonese mercenaries under the command of Owain Lawgoch (remembered as Yvon de Galles), who was in the pay of the French king.

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