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

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


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