In the centre of the square stands a statue of Jean Guiton. He was a symbol of Rochelais resistance during the 1628 Great Siege. The people of La Rochelle wished to erect a memorial to the mayor which instigated a great political and religious controversy before the government granted them permission. The statue, a work by the sculptor Dubois, was erected in 1911, partly thanks to donations from residents of New Rochelle, founded in 1687 by Rochelais, Saintongeais and Poitevins huguenot immigrants to America after the
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A walk through Protestant La RochelleAs early as 1546, La Rochelle was one of the major cities in the kingdom won over to the Reformation. La Rochelle had been an economic and maritime power since...