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Author:

 

Pedro de Brito


Report:

 

36


Page:

 

33


Year:

 

2009


Subject Matter:

 

British Community and Family History



Excerpt:

 

Of the London merchants trading with Portugal at the turn of the 18th century, the most conspicuous were those with Huguenot names.  The Calvinist Huguenot families arrived in England as a result of continued religious persecution in Spain and France. Initially, they settled in Canterbury but, in time, made their way to London. Intermarriage between the families was common, made easier by the large number of children they tended to have. However, that was not the case for those who went to Portugal, mainly Porto, where children ran the risk of being kidnapped and forcibly converted. The author traces in detail the fortunes of the leading Huguenot families. (Illustration: Sir John Houblon)




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