TAMH: Trading Ports

Centuries - 16 | 17


La Rochelle in the 16th century

(La Rochelle, France)

La Rochelle had been under English control between 1152 and 1224 and, again in 1360-1372. Over the next two hundred years La Rochelle became one of the major maritime cities of France and the first to trade with America. Royal attempts in the 16th century to curtail the city's independence led to riots and probably boosted receptiveness to the Reformation. There was an attempted siege by Catholic forces in 1573 and its lack of success resulted in freedom of worship being granted to the city's Calvinists.
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