ÉTUDES BALKANIQUES

ISSN: 0324-1645       ISSN (online): 2534-8574

Études balkaniques

Etudes balkaniques is a quarterly peer-review journal, which has been publishing research since 1964. Research papers related to the Balkan countries in French, English, German, Russian and Italian have appeared in it, thus making them available to a wide scientific community across borders.

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LES PIONNIERS DU COMMERCE FRANÇAIS A THESSALONIQUE AU COURS DU XVIIe SIECLE

Georges Koutzakiotis, Institut de Recherches Historiques / FNRS, Athènes

The Pioneers of French Commerce in Thessalonica during the 17th Century

Abstract: The twentieth-century historiography devoted to the trade of the Levant has raised a number of questions that require elucidation; among others, that of the establishment, for the first time, of a French consul in Thessalonica. More precisely, according to the historiography, the steps for the founding of a French consulate in this city had begun in 1680, but a consul was finally established there in 1685. The present study, based mainly on unpublished sources, examines all relative efforts until 1688, and shows that a French consul tried to settle down in Thessalonica already since 1644. It is certain, however, that the consul Jacques Gleize (1685-1688) was to inaugurate an uninterrupted succession of French consuls and to lay the foundations for the long activity of French commerce in this port.

Keywords: 17th Century, Commerce, Consuls, France, Thessalonica

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