and its port are known ever since Canaan times. The Jaffa port had an important
sea-trade station and naval station role in the eastern part of the
was conquered but the crusaders, a fact which contributed to its prosperity,
however after the crusaders were banished from the land, by the Mameluke, it
was destroyed and left like so for more than 400 years. Its recovery came with
the Ottoman conquest in the 16th century.
1799 during Napoleons travel to the country, he conquered Jaffa city. When he
withdrew from it, French and Russian steamboats began to pass through the port
during the 10th century. In 1865 a lighthouse was constructed and
the port was extended.
years after the construction of the Suez Canal, ship which were too big for the
port started passing through the port, however, because of their size, they
would dock at sea.
to the establishment of Tel Aviv, Jaffa was the main naval port for immigrants.
the British mandate Jaffa was redeveloped, although the port was paralyzed
because of the arab mutiny, and because of it- the Tel Aviv port was built.
From 1948 Jaffa port operated as one of Israel's main naval ports. Many
immigrants past through it. In 1965 with
the reestablishment of the Ashdod port, the Jaffa port was closed and was used
as a fishermen's port since.