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Franche-Comte shieldFranche-Comte

(fräNsh-kōN-ta) (pron: frawnsh-cone-tah)

Capital: Besançon (pron: bih-zahn-sone)
French annexation: 1678

The lion, king of beasts, was a favorite symbol among fighting men, and this province saw a lot of fighting.  The Romans, Franks, Germans, Swiss, Spanish, and French all fought here.

Franche-Comte provincial map