"The Balearic islands [1563] and Spain's Mediterranean galley fleet, facilitated transport of troops to northern Italy and from there to those territories on France's eastern border which had come to Spain by inheritance from the old Burgundian state: Franche-Comté, Luxembourg and the Netherlands". ("Louis XIV and his world", Ragnhild Marie Hatton [Hanssen], G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1972: 7)

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