France cures the evils which the civil war caused and strengthens itself by a good administration.
The genius of Louis XIV consists in distinguishing the great men and dividing with them the government of the kingdom.
Colbert increases the resources of the country: it makes the taxes at the same time less heavy and more productive; it supports agriculture, industry, the trade, arts, sciences and the letters; it creates the military navy.
Louvois organizes the army firmly, there establishes a strict discipline, improves the armament and the equipment, opens with wounded the hotel Invalids; Vauban, the large military engineer, strengthens the borders and improves the art of the seats.
Hugues de Lionne continues the skilful diplomacy of Richelieu and Mazarin.
France is rich, plain and strong.