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French Port Cities

Silvia Marzagalli

in Atlantic History

ISBN: 9780199730414
Published online August 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199730414-0110
French Port Cities

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From the 15th to the 19th centuries, the French participated to the emergence of an Atlantic world, while the French state built its first colonial empire. French port cities were the hubs organizing connections and exchanges between their hinterland, Europe, and this larger Atlantic world. The increase in trade and shipping produced a hierarchy among French ports and led to the emergence of a few more, which greatly benefited from the expansion and the increasing transatlantic interconnections: merchants and shipowners in Bordeaux, Nantes, Marseille, and Rouen–Le Havre dominated the colonial trade, whereas ports that used to play an important role in the 16th and early 17th centuries, such as La Rochelle or Bayonne, declined.

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Subjects: History of the Americas ; European History ; African History ; History ; Regional and National History

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