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Fortified town of Saint Malo, Saint Malo, http://www.lumen-terra.com/img/lieux/98_Fotolia_pilgrimage_France_-_Saint_Malo_port.jpg

Fortified town of Saint Malo

History of privateers and ship owners

Saint Malo, a town with character in Brittany, is associated with the great maritime events of the 15th to 18th centuries, with its privateers and buccaneers.

Situated on the coast of the English Channel it is 1 hour from Rennes and 4 hours from Paris. It has a fortress on the sea built by Vauban that makes it a remarkable place of history and culture. It is with the discovery of the Americas and the development of commerce with India that Saint Malo became an emboldened economic center. The ship owners became more numerous and made a name for the town. Jacques Cartier discovered and explored Canada.

The privateers, such a Duguay-Trouin and later Surcouf, harassed the merchant marine and military enemies. Others made their names in science such as Maupertuis or in literature and politics such as Chateaubriand.

The ship owners with their accumulated wealth built beautiful homes typical to the region called “malouinières” which are today one of the unique features of this maritime town. In the heart of the fortified town, do not miss discovering the cathedral of Saint Vincent, the chateau and the ramparts. A breath of fresh air along with history!

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