History of the Huguenot Emigration to America - Vol. 2

History of the Huguenot Emigration to America - Vol. 2

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History of the Huguenot Emigration to America - Vol. 2

History of the Huguenot Emigration to America - Vol. 2

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I have undertaken to narrate the coming of the persecuted Protestants of France to the New World, and their establishment, particularly in the seaboard provinces now comprehended within the United States. This movement and settlement took place principally at the time of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. But before that period, important emigrations had already occurred; emigrations to Acadia, or Nova Scotia, to Canada, to the French West Indies, and, by way of Holland, to the Dutch possession of New Netherland--now New York. And still earlier, the effort had been made by Coligny--unsuccessfully, indeed --to plant a colony and provide a retreat for the French Calvinists, first in Brazil, and afterward in Florida.

The volumes now submitted to the public treat first of these antecedent movements, and then take up the narrative of the events that led to the more considerable and more effective emigration, in the latter years of the seventeenth century. The attempt has been made, in connection with a brief account of the Huguenots, before their exodus from France, to trace the fortunes of many who ultimately reached this country. The recital is by no means to be regarded as exhaustive. It is presented rather as illustrative of the subject. Yet the number of families whose places of . . .

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