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Written by Linden
(3/17/2003 3:07 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, JA & the Wars, Part 4 (1801-1805), penned by Captain Everett
It was about this period that Martello Towers started to go up all along the southern coast as a defence against a French invasion, so the Austens and others who visited the south coast would have been familiar with the sight and unable to forget the invasion threat completely.
Here's a link to a BBC history site about them. Many of them are still around, and they may be some of the most durable buildings of the period.
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