The situation of Alicante in an area of natural beauty next to the sea and protected by mountains which provided great natural defences was a key factor in the building of the first settlements on the site. There are signs of life here during the bronze age at a settlement located in Serra Grossa dating back to about 2000ac.Many Iberian age remains can also be found and the one that stands out is the “Albufereta” with the fortified city of “Tossal de manises” that dates back to an occupation from the 4th century BC until the 4th century AC
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In the 16th century the population of the city increased greatly due to an increase in commerce, export of crafts and a boom in local agriculture. During this period two new areas of the city began construction, San Francisco and San Anton. The population of the city doubled in size from between 1510 and 1609. During the 17th and 18th centuries the port sparked the urban transformation of the city to handle the growing trade with America. Also a Consulate of sea and land was created to improve agriculture and maritime navigation. In 1797 the city population had grown to 20,000.
In the 19th century the city walls were demolished and new neighbourhoods built along with the arrival of the railway and in the 20th century the city developed as a service and tourism centre.
There is also evidence of a roman city on the site of Alicante which was known as Lucentum. The first Moorish town here was constructed at the foot of the Benacantil hill for better defence against invaders and later Alicante became an important port and centre of commerce.
In 1244 the Almizra treaty was signed to set the borders between the regions of Castilla and Aragon including Alicante. Three years later in 1247 the city was conquered by King Alfonso X who constructed the “vila Nova” or new city. In 1296 King Jaime the second included Alicante as part of the kingdom of Valencia and in 1490 Fernando the second defined the city limits.
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