Bristol, England

1478 Map of Bristol by town clerk,
Robert Ricart (
the first of its kind)
Bristol, the nearest trading center to Sarah Clark's childhood home, was a booming city when A Willing Heart began.  The city itself dates back to about 1000 AD, its name being derived from an Old English word meaning 'the place of the bridge'.  Bristol was the second most important England port by the 14th century and was the starting point for many who sailed to America, including a great number of indentured servants, by the 1600's.