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Kent is a county in southeast England. It borders East Sussex, Surrey and Greater London and has a defined boundary with Essex in the middle of the River Thames estuary.
Kent's location has led to its being in the front line of several conflicts, including the Battle of Britain during World War II and East Kent was named Hell Fire Corner. The county's ports have provided warships through much of the past 800 years, from the Cinque Ports in the 12th to 14th centuries and Chatham Dockyard in the 16th to 20th centuries have been important to the country's security and defence.
France can be seen clearly in fine weather from Folkestone and Kent is also known for the White Cliffs of Dover.
Major industries in the north-west of Kent have included cement, coal mining, paper making, and aircraft construction but these are now in decline. Large parts of Kent are within the London commuter belt. South and East Kent rely on tourism and agriculture.