Franche-comte meaning

fräɴsh-kōɴ-tā
A historical region and former province of eastern France. Settled by the Burgundians in the fifth century ad and later incorporated into the Holy Roman Empire, Franche-Comte passed to Austrian and then to Spanish rule before being finally conquered by France in 1676.
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(place) Historical region of E France, on the border of Switzerland.
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(place) Metropolitan region of modern France, in the same general area: 6,256 sq mi (16,203 sq km); chief city, Besançon.
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