Jean-Baptiste Colbert

(1619—1683) French statesman

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French statesman, chief minister to Louis XIV (1665–83). A vigorous reformer, he put order back into the country's finances, boosted industry and commerce, and established the French navy as one of the most formidable in Europe.

Subjects: Maritime History — Literature.

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