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The 4th episode of our web series "Portraits de Loire à la Renaissance" looks at the goods ferried and traded along the Loire.
In the 16th century, royal presence in the Loire Valley and discoveries of far-flung countries ushered in a new golden age for trade along the Loire.
Alongside the traditional local products of the likes of salt, wine or wheat, wealthy merchants from France or Italy living in the region's towns had luxury goods brought in. With such exotic products arriving from overseas, the tradesfolk were obliged to change their practices.
The toll signs setting the taxes on goods or accounts give a precise idea of the local or imported products used in communities' day-to-day lives.
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