The Huguenot was perceived as a deeply religious man, persecuted by the discriminatory measures and violence of the French authorities. He was a man who ran away from France with great difficulties, especially after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes and found refuge in countries where there was religious tolerance such as the Dutch Republic, England, Prussia or Scandinavia. If the representation of the persecuted migrant was close to the truth for many Protestants, the study of Huguenot merchants settled in Northern Europe gives another image of the Refuge. The Huguenots who settled in Hamburg, Stockholm or Copenhagen were not always refugees or native French. A number of them came from countries where their families had been established for several generations and where they were not persecuted, as Switzerland or the Dutch Republic. If they fled, it was also to create or develop a commercial activity like all other European merchants.
A short biography
Pierrick Pourchasse is professor of early modern history at the University of Western Brittany in Brest and a researcher at the CRBC (Centre de Recherches Bretonne et Celtique). His research focuses on maritime trade in modern times and the economic history of Scandinavia. He is the author of several books (including Le commerce du Nord, exchanges between France and northern Europe in the 18th century, Rennes, 2006, The trade of roe bait, Bergen, 2013) and about 80 articles concerning these topics.
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