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Brittany – the Hub for French Corsairs

antique map reproduction bretagne

Map of the Brittany / Bretagne, 1706.

This map of Brittany shows the beginning of the 18th century when Brittany flourished as a strategic base for the French Navy and seaborne trade. The seaports of Saint-Malo, Lorient and Brest underwent a rapid development. At the time this map was released, the port of Saint-Malo was also an important hub for the French corsairs. One of the most famous corsairs was René Duguay-Trouin who was a native of Saint Malo. Duguay-Trouin led a very adventurous life, capturing hundreds of merchant ships and warships.

His adventures also included being imprisoned in Plymouth, Devon, and later capturing Rio de Janeiro. Benerson Little’s “The Sea Rover’s Practice: Pirate Tactics and Techniques, 1630–1730” is a must-read for everyone interested in 17th and 18th century pioneering and corsairing. Duguay-Trouin’s tactics are also described in this book.

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Brittany Bloomed Due to Its Strategic Position in Late 17th Century

old nautical map of southern brittany

Map of the Southern Coast of Brittany /Bretagne, 1693.

This map brings us to the end of 17th century when Brittany fully benefited from its strategic position between Spain, Britain and the Netherlands and played a leading role in France’s naval expansion – Bretons constituted an important component of the French Navy and contributed to the colonisation of the New France and the West Indies.

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