As one of the Ponant Islands, the island of Batz is a tiny land 3.5 km long by 1.5 km wide. Batz Island is off Roscoff, it owes its name to the fact of being confused with the lands of the continent (low island). The first remains testifying to its occupation dates back 5,000 years when presumably the island was still attached to the coast by a isthmus. An ancient necropolis of the Bronze Age has also been updated in the gardens Georges Delastelle.
Your camping near Roscoff 40 minutes from the crossing to the island of Batz, Brittany
In the sixth century Welsh monk, Paul Aurélien moved a community to evangelize these desolate moors yet. He became the first bishop of Leon. The tranquility will last as long as Viking landing, taking the island as a base for their expeditions on the continent. The monastery will be destroyed and it will take the departure of the invaders to rebuild a new church, Saint Anne Chapel which you can still see the remains. Despite the isolation and precarious living conditions, due to frequent outbursts of the elements, the island community manages to survive.
In 1296, the King of France, Philip le Bel accusing the islanders to provide weapons and supplies to British forces, evacuated the island, the inhabitants being allowed only come back for the harvest . On the sea route from Spain, Flanders and England, the island of Batz is regularly plundered and ravaged, which will encourage Henry III to exempt residents from tax. And indeed, the hundreds of people live in abject poverty. After a short period of relative prosperity with the cultivation of flax and hemp, the island sees his fields be reduced as a result of silting. The people then turn to another activity, they retain exclusive rights to pick up, the Use seaweed . First as soil fertilizers and fuel, and finally for the extraction of iodine and soda.
In the eighteenth century, as many islands, it, its location, thrives on different traffic : tobacco, weapons and deserters to transfer Guernsey and Jersey . During the Revolution, the island became a strategic base of primary importance against the English and the number of seafarers on board for the state navy, pass away in these maritime disputes.