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Its first inhabitants were apparently attracted by small iron and tin deposits in the region's subsoil.
Its history from the seventh century to the Roman conquest in the first century BC is poorly documented, and there is no evidence of a city in the area before the reign of Tiberius in the first century AD.
The Montforts, seeking emancipation from the suzerainty of the French kings, reinforced Breton institutions.
They chose Nantes, the largest town in Brittany (with a population of over 10,000), as their main residence and made it the home of their council, their treasury and their chancery.
In Gallo, the oïl language traditionally spoken in the region around Nantes, the city is spelled "Naunnt" or "Nantt".
Gallo pronunciation is identical to French, although northern speakers use a long The first inhabitants of what is now Nantes settled during the Bronze Age, later than in the surrounding regions (which have Neolithic monuments absent from Nantes).
Until the beginning of the 13th century, it was the subject of succession crises which saw the town pass several times from the Dukes of Brittany to the counts of Anjou (of the House of Plantagenet).
During the 14th century, Brittany experienced a war of succession which ended with the accession of the House of Montfort to the ducal throne.
The origin of the name "Namnetes" is uncertain, but is thought to come from the Gaulish root *nant- (river or stream, Like other cities in the region (including Paris), its name was replaced during the fourth century with a Gaulish one; Lutecia became Paris (city of the Parisii), and Darioritum became Vannes (city of the Veneti).).in a territory extending to the northern bank of the Loire.