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The traders of the water

The traders of the water

Credit : Le prévôt des marchands et les échevins de la ville de Paris

In front of the importance of Paris, on the political level, financier and trader, king wishes to keep the control of Paris, he grants middle-class person's privileges of king and grants favors to the Hanse of the traders of the water which is so imperative with other corporations as a political power. He obtains from this fact a head office, the visiting room of the traders, a commercial court and the right to raise the tax. In 1258, Saint-Louis removes the provostship of the hands of the traders and confides it to a close relation, Étienne Boileau. In 1263, the Hanse of the traders elects a first municipality compound of a provost of the traders, whose name we ignore.



This powerful corporation of Nautes or the Traders of the water possesses skills limited to the commercial domain and was a holder of the monopoly of the supply by waterway. The provost of the traders, assisted by four aldermen, took care of the supply of the city, the public works, the plate of the taxes and had the jurisdiction on the river business. In the Middle Ages, the traders trained an association and had given themselves a regulation which they discussed in the visiting room of the traders and which they asked a provost to make apply.

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75004 Paris-4e-arrondissement
Lat : 48.8561Lng : 2.35174
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Statue of Étienne Boileau, one of the first provosts of Paris

Étienne Boileau whose statue is situated on the 1st floor to the left...Read more

489 Quai de l'Hôtel de ville 75004 Paris-4e-arrondissement
Lat : 48.8561Lng : 2.35174
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Statue of Étienne Marcel

The provostship of Étienne Marcel marked the peak of the political...Read more

489 Quai de l'Hôtel de ville 75004 Paris-4e-arrondissement
Lat : 48.8559Lng : 2.35134
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The last provost of the traders

Commemorative tablet marking the location of the hotel where lived...Read more

25-29 Rue de Sévigné 75004 Paris-3e-arrondissement
Lat : 48.8581Lng : 2.36366
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Visiting room to the Middle-class persons, "Parloir aux Bourgeois"

The corporation of nautes " the traders of the water " had obtained...Read more

15 Rue Soufflot 75005 Paris-5e-arrondissement
Lat : 48.8471Lng : 2.342
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