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The city began as two separate burghs: Old Aberdeen at the mouth of the river Don; and New Aberdeen, a fishing and trading settlement, where the Denburn waterway entered the river Dee estuary.
The earliest charter was granted by William the Lion in 1179 and confirmed the corporate rights granted by David I.
Aberdeen was in Pictish territory and became Gaelic-speaking at some time in the medieval period.
There were no planes at the surrounding RAF Airfields as they were in Southern England fighting in the Battle of Britain.
The expensive infrastructure works led to the city becoming bankrupt in 1817 during the Post-Napoleonic depression, an economic downturn immediately after the Napoleonic Wars; but the city's prosperity later recovered.
The increasing economic importance of Aberdeen and the development of the shipbuilding and fishing industries led to the construction of the present harbour including Victoria Dock and the South Breakwater, and the extension of the North Pier.
The city has a long, sandy coastline and a marine climate, the latter resulting in chilly summers and mild winters.
Aberdeen received Royal burgh status from David I of Scotland (1124–1153), transforming the city economically.
In 1319, the Great Charter of Robert the Bruce transformed Aberdeen into a property-owning and financially independent community.