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Important Dates in Huguenot History

1533 John Calvin flees Paris
29 January 1536 General Edict urging extermination of heretics (Huguenots)
1536 John Calvin becomes pastor in Geneva
1550s Calvinism comes to France with thousands of converts
25 May 1559 First Synod of the French Reformed Church held in Paris, followed by persecutions and issuance of Edict prohibiting "heretical" worship
1559 Attempt to replace Catholic Guises with Huguenot Conde as regent
1560 Huguenots petition the King and threaten revolt if persecution persists
1 March 1562 Massacre at Vassay begins French religious wars; Conde assassinated
1562 Huguenots sign manifesto saying they were forced to take arms
1 May 1562 Arrival at St. John's River, in Florida, of the first pilgrimage by Huguenots to North America
1564 Death of John Calvin
1565 Huguenot colony massacred at St. John, FL
24 August 1572 St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in which tens of thousands of Huguenots were killed
1585 Huguenots/Protestants expelled from France
13 April 1598 Edict of Nantes by Henry of Navarre which granted religious and civil liberties to the Huguenots promises protection
18 October 1685 Revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV which was published 22 October 1685, and resulted in persecution of the Huguenots; 400,000 flee France to other countries
28 November 1787 Promulgation of the Edict of Toleration

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