Nantes, September 2021
Nantes is a magnificent city, several times elected as one of the most pleasant cities in France. The parks are numerous there as well as the monuments, witnesses of its past. I also had the chance to discover it with my daughter Jessica, an excellent guide, who knows her city well. It is truly a city to be discovered through its heritage and its permanent evolution. Many parks allow you to stroll and cool off, but also to meet up with friends. If you like to walk, you will enjoy a lot.
Nantes is developing thanks to its commercial circuits inherited from the Middle Ages. Nantes was in turn Franc, Bretonne. She knew the wars of Succession of Brittany ((XIVth century)) as well as the wars of religion (XVIth century) Then, comes the time of the colonists and “white hires” who will develop the colonial economy in the Antilles. But the enrichment of Nantes will come with the development of the slave trade between Europe, Africa and America, known as triangular trade. If Nantes is not the only French port to have practiced the slave trade, it is its pioneer: between 1707 and 1711, 75% of slave ships leave. The slavery abolition memorial is located on the Quai de la Fosse, between the Anne de Bretagne bridge and the Victor-Schoelcher footbridge which leads to the Palais de Justice. On this route, 0.93mi (1.5km) long, 2000 glass plates embedded in the ground bear witness to the slave shipments that left Nantes, the slave trade capital in France in the 18th century. During the French Revolution, the city held by the Republicans was at the forefront of the Vendée revolt and its resistance was one of the keys to Republican success. Nantes continued its development in the 19th century and became industrialized. The industrial past of the city bequeathed to it an important heritage, in particular the biscuit factory “LU” which became Le Lieu unique. A large part of the industrial port has become an artistic center: “Les Fabriques”. Many parks allow you to stroll and cool off, but also to meet up with friends.
A big thank you to my daughter Jessica, and her boyfriend Victor, for this visit to Nantes. 21.75mi (35km) covered in 2 days. Some photos are even signed with his name. I should tell him to join the Greeters team to discover his city.
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