The name Little-Holland is attributed to the settling down of Dutch merchants, most of them Protestants, on the banks of the Loire river.

  • Edict of Fontainebleau: repeal of the Edict of Nantes
  • La Petite-Hollande
    Place of Little Holland, Nantes

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…


Associated tours

  • Walk in the Nantes protestant

    A protestant tour in the city of Nantes: discover 11 emblematic places of the presence of Protestants in the city of Nantes.

Associated notes

  • 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...
  • 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 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.