Naval appatatus

As de Riquet made the canals so Jean Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683), one of the greatest ministers France ever had, made the navy, and the Marquis de Louvois the army, while Sebastien le Prestre de Vauban laid the foundations of modern fortifications and military engineering not only for France but for Europe.

Note by A.J.Grieve (MA), from The Situation of France in Part One of Reflections On The Revolution In France
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