They contributed to the flourishing of Nantes harbour in the 16th and 17th centuries. Most were from Rotterdam. Upon the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, many ran away or helped local Protestants flee to countries of the Refuge: the Channel Islands, Holland…
The Huguenot Refuge
The exodus of French Huguenots to Protestant countries to escape persecution was a crucial event in European history. From 1560 to 1760, the diaspora increased to at least 200 000 Huguenots who went into exile to be true to their faith.
The Huguenot Refuge in the United Provinces
An islet of liberty and moderation, the United Provinces received the largest quota of Huguenot refugees.
The Huguenot Refuge in England
England, an established place of refuge
Revocation of the Edict of Nantes
Decided by Louis XIV, this revocation on October 22, 1685 led to the increased repression of Protestants (death sentences and sentences to row the galleys, forced conversion, etc.). It amplified the emigration of French Protestants to the so-called Refuge countries of Europe (Prussia, England, Switzerland, the Netherlands).
The Edict of Nantes
In 1598, the Edict of Nantes was signed and established both Catholic and Protestant religions as coexisting, thus ending 36 years of civil war.