Antoine CROZAT

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Industrialist, Businessman

FrenchBorn Antoine CROZAT

French founder of an immense fortune, was the first private proprietary owner of French Louisiana

Born on 1655 in Toulouse, France , France

Died on June 07, 1738 in Paris, France

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Born in Toulouse, France the sons of peasants, he and his brother, Pierre, rose from obscurity to become two of the wealthiest merchants of France. By lending money to the government Antoine was ennobled as the marquis du Châtel, a noble title that he transmitted to his elder son Louis-François. He became a financial counsellor to Louis XIV. He invested in the Guinea Company and the Asiento Company, two lucrative overseas franchises. The king eventually offered him a 15‑year trade monopoly in Louisiana.

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