What impact did the revocation of the Edict of Nantes have on France's economy ?????!!!?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Protestants in France were very often astute businessmen, belonged to the richer classes, or had varied practical or technical skills as artisans. The revocation of the Edict of Nantes caused large numbers of them to flee to other protestant countries and establish themselves there, weakening the French economy in favour of that of the nations that received them: England and its colonies like Virginia and South Carolina, Germany , Switzerland, Holland and its colonies (New Amsterdam is now New York and New Jersey). France lost approximately 300.000 exiles, the majority being artisans and members of the bourgeoisie who took as much as possible of their wealth, their trade, their industry and their skills with them. Therefore the revocation of the treaty created a drain of resources and skilled labour in France, and caused a notable impoverishment to the country as a whole. It was a gross error and le loss of these people who wanted to continue practising their religion turned out to be the gain of the countries that sheltered them and the loss of their fatherland.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Just to add to Wise Owl answer, the Protestants had also started to become an irritation, and Louis XIV did not like irritations or any threat to his rule. In the towns and regions where they had been given leadership they were hassling the Catholics, they were also demanding more rights and the powerful Protestants lords were making noises (creating de facto Protestant ruled provinces, allying with protestants kings and princes) that were very unpleasant to a king who had had to flee his nobles and fight to get his own throne back as a child and a young man and who knew about the problems the Protestants had created for the previous kings (they had done all that under Charles X, Henri III and Louis XIII). The siege of La Rochelle might make a good background for a musketeer story but the basis was Protestants revolting against their king and allying with a foreign kingdom to help them fight their king. And that wasn't the first time they had done this. While the religious wars in France are remembered as Catholics butchering Protestants, one has to remember that during that time in the places where Protestants had the upper hand it was the Catholics who suffered the same treatment. Nothing like the monstrous St Bartholemy massacre but butchering as well (look up the Michelades for example). The king knew it, his mostly Catholic lords and people remembered it too (forgetting their own massacres) and the new arrogance of the Protestants rubbed the mostly Catholic kingdom wrong. The king rode that wave to get rid as well of a potential danger, destroy the power of part of his nobles and take that opportunity to get rid of a population who was opposing him as a whole. That made the French monarchy stronger and was another step towards the absolute power that Louis XIV wanted, and it got rid of plenty of potential traitors who would help foreign princes or receive help from them (extremely important for a king who spent his time making wars to his neighbours). The economic power of the Protestant merchant class was not something that Louis could recognise or even understand. To French kings power meant soldiers and the ability to raise armies.

  • 4 years ago

    Treaty Of Nantes

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