French refugees in America.
The colony of Huguenots planted in America
disappeared, but the revocation of the Edict of Nantes
(q. v.) in 1685 caused another and larger emigration to America
The refugees in England
had been kindly assisted there, and after the accession of William and Mary Parliament voted $75,000 to be distributed “among persons of quality and all such as, through age or infirmity, were unable to support themselves.”
sent a large body of them to Virginia
, and lands were allotted them on the James River
; others purchased lands of the proprietaries of Carolina
, and settled on the Santee River
; while others—merchants and artisans—settled in Charleston
These Huguenots were a valuable acquisition to the colonies.
In the South
they planted vineyards and made wine.
A large number of them settled in the province of New York, chiefly in Westchester
and Ulster counties
, and in the city of New York