Albert de Gondi, duc de Retz, Maréchal de France en 1573
François Athanase Charette de la Contrie
Only Pornic appears in the Pays de Retz on a map of the Brittany coast.
Under Catherine de Clermont and Albert de Gondi (or Gondy), the Barony of Rais is erected as a duchesse and the spelling of "Rais" becomes "Retz".
The Leagers take over Pornic.
Albert de Gondi, Duke of Retz, friend of Henry IV, receives the feodal avowal from Saint-André of Pornic.
Piracy harms the economy of Pornic.
Henry de Gondy, Duke of Retz, decides to build the covered market.
Three vessels coming from Pornic are captured by the Turks near the Pilier.
Pornic becomes a privateer port.
Since the XVIIth century, Pornic is one of the most important cod fishing port (on the banks of Terre Neuve / Newfoundland - Canada) and becomes an important port of trades.
The shipyards develop.
The coastal path along the seashore is created in order to enable the "gabelous" (customs officers in charge of gathering the salt tax) to watch over the shipping traffic and fight against smuggling.
The North Atlantic triangular trade expands.
Pornic's General Hospital is created on the estate of Montplaisir.
The Duke of Penthièvre, Brittany's Governor, inspects the defense of the Pornic seacoast.
Pornic becomes the headquarter of a port authority for the coastguards.
The Duke of Aiguillon, Brittany's Governor, inspects the defense of the Pornic seacoast.
The Marquis of Brie-Serrant acquires the Barony of Retz. He thinks about building a channel connecting Pornic to the river Loire and a port of war in Pornic.
FIve vessels coming from Pornic sink with their 36 sailors while fishing.
The Priest Guillaume Galipaud is at the origin of the many stairs going down from the uptown to the quartier des Sables (Sand area). The people working at those stairs were jobless at the time.
On March 23rd, Pornic, a Republican City, gets attacked, taken over and lost by the insurgents of the Vendée. Over 200 dead people get buried nearby La Sablière at the foot of the Huguenot Cross.
On March 27th, the insurgents of the Vendée, under the authority of Charette de la Contrie, take over Pornic again setting it on fire. They finally lose control at the end of April.
Source: "Pornic - Etoile et Reine" by Dominique PIERRELEE, Ed. SILOË, Laval, 1998