The Huguenots were members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France (or French Calvinists) from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Since the eighteenth century, Huguenots have been commonly designated "French Protestants", the title being suggested by their German co-religionists or "Calvinists". Protestants in France were inspired by the writings of John Calvin in the 1530s and the name Huguenots was already in use by the 1560s. By the end of the 17th century, roughly 200,000 Huguenots had been driven from France during a series of religious persecutions. They relocated primarily in England, Switzerland, Holland, Hungary and the German Palatinate, and elsewhere in Northern Europe, as well as what is now South Africa. A few thousand went further and settled in British overseas colonies, primarily in New York and South Carolina. The last active Huguenot congregation in North America worships in Charleston, South Carolina, at a church that dates from 1844.
Immigration propagandists ofter refer to Huguenots, as a succesfully integrated and assimilated group. However, this is a completely false presentation, since they are clearly a nearly related people in European countries and North America, and not completely foreign and not assimilable people, like the coloured masses and Jews, who are pouring since 1945 into white areas.
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