Located on the Mediterranean coast of France is the unique city of Sete. It was once known as Ceta or Sita and it started out not as part of mainland France, but as part of the island of Mont Saint Clair. The city has always been a sea-faring one and its main export was at one time pickled fish. Through the centuries mud and silt eventually closed off the island’s main ports and connected it to the mainland, until the city of Sete became the port of this French province known as Languedoc.
Sete was used as a base of operations for the French authorities hunting the last of the Mediterranean privateers under Barbe Rousette. In an effort to protect the town from the storms at sea, a jetty was started in 1596 and was completed in 1666. It provided the city with secure anchorage for both commercial vessels and the French royal fleet as well as a sea entrance to the Canal du Midi. Conquered by the British in 1710 and then being almost completely obliterated by the allies in World War II during liberation, Sete didn’t stay down for long and with its rebirth came the new role of principal French fishing port on the Mediterranean.