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The county is rich in evidence of early human habitation. Portal tombs exist at Newbawn — and date from the Neolithic period or earlier. Vestiges from the Bronze Age, as well as evidence of early Christian settlements, have been found in sites such as at Ballybrittas and at Newbawn — where a monastery was founded by St. Abban in the 6th century AD; it later became known for its cheese-making industry. Wexford town became an important settlement around 1200 AD, when it was captured by Anglo-Norman forces under Richard de Clare (Strongbow). It remained under English control until the 16th century; Henry VIII tried to make Ireland a Protestant country again after being excommunicated but his efforts were thwarted by local resistance led primarily by Wexford man Thomas Cartwright.