Apart from historians or the natural habitants of the city itself, not many people know about the history behind the city of Liverpool. It is one of the oldest and most important cities within the United Kingdom as a whole. Liverpool today is also one of the main cities within the United Kingdom and is also one of the most populated as of 2017. The history and the landscape of the area in general is very rich, and it is one of the most beautiful cities in the country thanks to the location, being built as a oceanside city. Even the name of the city is quite interesting, as it comes from a word of “Old English”. The name Liverpool in Old English means “Liver” which is thick or muddy, and “Pol”, meaning creek or pool, as it was built on the side of an ocean. The name of Liverpool dates all the way back to the 1100’s, making it one of the oldest recorded settlements within the United Kingdom. Also, there are other suggestions as to the name Liverpool, the most interesting coming from the name “elverpool”. This name has come from the suggestion that eels surrounding the water of Liverpool and had given the settlement the nickname.
The actual borough of Liverpool was named not too soon after the formation and naming of the settlement itself. The borough of Liverpool was officially announced by King John in 1207, and the population was incredibly small for a long time. It took until the 16th century and not too shortly before the American colonisation era. It took until the 16th century for the city to get over 500 people living within the area, and it had only had a total of 7 streets altogether. It still took a long time before the city of Liverpool started growing within population and size, even to the 17th century. There was little to no growth in size, population or even trade within the city itself and the English Civil War nearly destroyed the town itself. Only after the civil war things had changed.
The first major change of the fortunes for the city was the slave trade becoming an integral part of the city itself. It had been given the Liverpool Merchant, which was one of the first slave ships of it’s time, to sail for Africa. Changing the economy and state of the city itself. After the first trips around the world with the Liverpool Merchant, Liverpool itself started to become a harbour for worldwide trade for the United Kingdom. There were hundreds of ships after time that came in and out of Liverpool monthly, and Liverpool itself became a trade centre of the world. The success of the trade routes to Liverpool was of such size that the slave and tobacco trade of the city was one of the biggest in the country. It even allowed the first ever interlink city rail within the world, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. The city had become such a success with so many people coming and going that by the time of the famine within Ireland, the migrants were within the hundreds of thousands. It may have been one of the fastest growing cities of the time.