Dating french faience
La Rochelle however expelled the English in June 1372, following the naval Battle of La Rochelle, between Castilian-French and English fleets.
The French and Spanish decisively defeated the English, securing French control of the Channel for the first time since the Battle of Sluys in 1340.
Its harbour opens into a protected strait, the Pertuis d'Antioche.
Fifty years later Eleanor of Aquitaine upheld the communal charter promulgated by her father, and for the first time in France, a city mayor was appointed for La Rochelle, Guillaume de Montmirail.
Guillaume was assisted in his responsibilities by 24 municipal magistrates, and 75 notables who had jurisdiction over the inhabitants.
In 1402, the French adventurer Jean de Béthencourt left La Rochelle and sailed along the coast of Morocco to conquer the Canary islands.
During the Renaissance, La Rochelle adopted Protestant ideas.