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Nantes and the other french supply zones

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We can follow the flow of French wines and brandies from the harvests in the vineyards to the consumers' glasses in Dutch taverns. The two main types of sources on which we are forced to rely each have their own problems. First, the port registers of Nantes and Bordeaux: The unique port register of Nantes for the year 1631 provides the sole set of hard statistics on the wine trade between Nantes and the Dutch Republic during the first half of the seventeenth century. Second, the Rotterdam notaries recorded one delayed shipment of wines from either the Canary Islands or La Rochelle and one full cargo of wines from Tenerife as well as Bordeaux. The profit margin in the wine trade to the Baltic depended on whether the alcohol came straight from France or if it had been transshipped in and re-exported from Holland.

Keywords: Baltic; Bordeaux; Dutch Republic; France; Holland; La Rochelle; Nantes; Rotterdam; Tenerife

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