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French Jean BART

French naval commander and privateer

Source :  Jean Hervé FAVRE

Born: on October 21, 1650 in Dunkerque, France
Died: on April 27, 1702 in Dunkerque, France


Born in Dunkirk as the son of a fisherman, Jean Bart served when young in the Dutch navy under De Ruyter.

When war broke out between Louis XIV and the United Provinces in 1672 he entered the French service, as one of the Dunkirk Privateers. He gained great distinction in the Mediterranean, where he held an irregular sort of commission, unable due to his low birth to receive a command in the navy.

He had such success, however, that he became a lieutenant in 1679. He rose rapidly to the rank of captain and then to that of admiral.

He achieved his greatest successes during the Nine Years' War (1688 - 1697).

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See Also :

- Category Privateer, pirate