Devon's environment has shaped the county’s economy over the centuries. It is a vast and diverse county. This variety is expressed in both Devon's natural and built environments, spanning the wild expanses of Dartmoor and the rugged headlands and surf beaches in the north, to the Roman city of Exeter, and the rolling hills, sheltered creeks and coves on the south coast. Its rich soil and pastures supported a thriving woollen industry. Its deep water natural harbours sparked an age of maritime discovery and boat building traditions and its natural resources created thriving tin and quarrying trades on Dartmoor. The influence of the county’s landscape and towns has also inspired famous authors, artists and inventors such as Coleridge, Reynolds and Charles Babbage (mathematician and inventor of the computer), and the county’s creative influence continues to inspire musicians such as Joss Stone, Seth Lakeman, Chris Martin and Muse. Devon’s environment is still shaping the economy today; through its natural resources and an expanding renewable energy sector; through its world class landscapes and the tourists this is attracting and through its agricultural traditions and the quality food and drink produced here.
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