This was the location of Gothenburg's first deep-water port, defended by the Old Älvsborg Fort, dating back to the 14th century. Slottsskogen and Kungs Ladugård were included in the properties and still remain intact. On two occasions the Danes conquered the fort and Sweden had to pay dearly to recover it. In the history books you can read about the Älvsborg redemption. When New Älvsborg fortress was built at the entrance to the port, material from the old fort was used, but some of the wall's remains have been preserved and can be seen behind Novotel Gothenburg.
In the 18th century, the East India Company had its home port at Klippan which at that time it was Sweden's largest trading company. The company sail to far-away lands and returned from its' adventurous voyages to China with porcelain, fabrics and exotic spices. Many buildings from that time are preserved, some of the best known being Sjömagasinet (the marine warehouse) and Ankarsmedjan (anchor forge).
The industrial age began on a large scale in the 19th century when in 1808, the German trader Abraham Robert Lorent erected a sugar mill and a porter brewery at Klippan. The Lorent mill was later purchased by the Scotsman David Carnegie jr.