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Manuscript Map of France

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Manuscript Map of France

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ANONYMOUS, Manuscript Map. Carte des Greniers a Sels de France. Pen, ink and watercolor on paper. France, c. 1720. 24 x 32 3/4 inches sheet, 33 1/2 x 42 1/2 inches framed
French Manuscript Map showing the different provinces which have jurisdiction over the salt trade and tax. Each province had a Greniers à sel—a salt granary—where all salt produced from that region needed to be taken in order to be bought (at a fixed price) and sold (at an inflated price). The French salt tax, known as la gabelle, was one of the most grossly unfair institutions of the Ancien Regime and ultimately became an important cause of the French Revolution. It is sometimes compared to the Prohibition Era in the U.S. because it fostered the smuggling and bootlegging of salt througout the nation. The gabelle was different than normal taxes because the French government required each citizen to purchase a minimum of salt on a weekly basis at a fixed price, more or less forcing its citizens to pay the tax while those in power watched all the money roll right in.
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Manuscript Map of France

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Jul 28, 2018
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Lot 0069 Details

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ANONYMOUS, Manuscript Map. Carte des Greniers a Sels de France. Pen, ink and watercolor on paper. France, c. 1720. 24 x 32 3/4 inches sheet, 33 1/2 x 42 1/2 inches framed
French Manuscript Map showing the different provinces which have jurisdiction over the salt trade and tax. Each province had a Greniers à sel—a salt granary—where all salt produced from that region needed to be taken in order to be bought (at a fixed price) and sold (at an inflated price). The French salt tax, known as la gabelle, was one of the most grossly unfair institutions of the Ancien Regime and ultimately became an important cause of the French Revolution. It is sometimes compared to the Prohibition Era in the U.S. because it fostered the smuggling and bootlegging of salt througout the nation. The gabelle was different than normal taxes because the French government required each citizen to purchase a minimum of salt on a weekly basis at a fixed price, more or less forcing its citizens to pay the tax while those in power watched all the money roll right in.

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