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The dutch community in Nantes

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Dutch colony remained active in Nantes throughout the second half of the seventeenth century. The growing prominence of this group over the first five decades invites a more thorough examination of their activities and expatriate lifestyle. Disputes and legal wrangling between Dutch and French wine traders regarding illegal or unfair business practices in 1645 add an inside view of those practices and reveal the network of Dutch traders in Nantes that year. The Dutch used Nantes as a transshipment port in their efforts to by-pass the Spanish trade embargoes. The strong ties that existed between the French merchants of the Contractation de Nantes , which included several Sephardim, and their counterparts in the northern Spanish port of Bilbao could be exploited by traders on both sides of the embargo.

Keywords: Bilbao; Dutch; French; Nantes; Rotterdam; seventeenth century



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