Inhabitants of Walloni (Fr. Wallonie), Fr. speaking part of Belg., including provinces Hainaut, Liège, Luxembourg, Namur, and S. Brabant. Became Cath after conversion of Clovis* I 496. Some became Prot. in the 16th c., and some of these fled under RC pressure, including the Inquisition,* to the neighborhood of Leiden, N Neth.; many Walloons from the Neth. settled in the mid-1620s at what came 1625 to be called New Amsterdam (now NYC).
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