Magon de la Ballus letterbook
Magon, captain of the ship the "Ballus," or "Balue," was a descendant of a prominent French merchant family highly influential in sixteenth-century mercantile endeavors. The Magons were heavily involved in international trade and played a significant role in the growth of the port city Saint Malo, France. The papers of Magon de la Ballus consist of a letterbook, written entirely in French, in which he recorded his correspondence both at sea and in port. Magon's letters cover a variety of topics, including French-English war matters; trade of various commodities, such as codfish, coffee, corn, wheat, cloth, and sails; transportation and trading of slaves; and privateering.
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