Portsmouth

Category: Military | Type: Historical | Title: Mansfield Park (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter I

The Navy's home port, which is on England's south coast. The town was naturally a bustling, rough place, especially busy now that England is at war with France.

The distance to "town" (which means London) is about 100 miles and so a substantial journey for the little girl. Journeys of this sort were fraught with anxiety for small children, as we know from Dickens. 

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