Calais is a town in the department of Pas-de-Calais in northern France, known to be a vital ferry port. It is the largest city in its department. Calais is situated on the waterfront overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, where it is only 21 miles wide. This makes Calais the closest French city to England, and the white cliffs of Dover are easily visible on clear days.

The city was first settled by the Romans around 40 BC, then called "Caletum." Due to its strategic position, Calais has often been used as a launching pad for French attacks on the English, involved in Franco-English warfare, and has historically always remained an important port city.

Today, Calais is known for its maritime industry, history, lacemaking, fishing, closeness to England, and lighthouse.

People Born in Calais

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Calais in People's Lives

Thomas More: I accompanied Thomas Wolsey on a diplomatic mission here in 1521.

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