France's Antarctique Colony is Established by French Huguenots Hot

France's Antarctique Colony is Established by French Huguenots

France Antarctique Map, 1555
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French Huguenots establish the France Antarctique colony in present-day Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are led by French vice-admiral Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon, who sympathizes with the plight of the Huguenots and wants to help them find a refuge from persecution.

With just two ships and a combined force of 600 sailors and colonists, they build a fort on the small island of Serigipe in the Guanabara Bay outside modern Rio de Janeiro. Henry II, the king of France, supports the project and has provided funds to help it be successful.

In a few years they will be joined by Calvinists from Geneva, some personally picked by John Calvin himself, to participate in the development of a Protestant refuge and colony in the New World.

In 1567, however, the colony will be destroyed by the Catholic Portugese for both political and religious reasons.

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