France-Louis XIV During The Age Of Exploration

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Sajid Hossain Mr. Feltman AP Euro 10/28/10 France - Louis XIV during the age of exploration During the time period around the 1650’s, France was a huge power in Europe that unlike other countries, ruled with one of the best absolute monarchs. Not only was Louis XIV a great known leader for France but he was also considered one of the best and if not, then the best absolute monarch of all time. Under the power of Louis XIV, France ultimately became a very wealthy country considering government, society, and economy. After the Thirty Years War and with the Treaty of Westphalia, France became a very strong nation that eventually emerged as a world power. It also became a great militaristically advanced country that also…show more content…
With a strong military hold, France was able to lead the way in the Franco-Dutch War, the War of the League of Augsburg, and the War of the Spanish Succession. For this reason, they became even more militaristically advanced. This could be a reason why France was considered the most powerful nation of its time. While fighting these wars, they apparently created enemies as well. Although the Netherlands could be accepted as an enemy of France around 1650, even more so would be Spain. For years before, in the Hapsburg-Valois War and in the Thirty Years War, Spain and the Hapsburg family was a great threat to France. And even after Spain had weakened after those wars, Spain was still a great enemy for France during the War of the Spanish succession. France and Spain before never got along and even during Louis XIV reign they still were having difficulty accepting each…show more content…
As a great leader himself, came a great country. France became a super world power during these times and during the reign of Louis XIV. After the Thirty Years War, France had already been benefited and militaristically. When Louis XIV became the ruler of France, he continued these benefits and expanded upon them. He faced war when he knew he had too and gained power from each war he did face. He faced his enemies such as Spain and never backed down. Essentially this is what made France militaristically superior to other countries. The Fronde, of course stagnated the growth of Frances economy but he used his exploration to benefit him economically. He adopted the idea of mercantilism and gain power from it. This essentially created an economy unbeatable during its time. With these benefits and exploits it is rational to conclude that France, under Louis XIV, during the time period around 1650, was the most powerful nation in

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