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|Front Description||Jean Bart (21 October 1651 – 27 April 1702) was a French naval commander and privateer. His birth name was most probably Jan Baert. He almost certainly spoke Dutch, at that time the native language in the region of his birth.
Born in Dunkirk as the son of a fisherman, Bart served when young in the Dutch navy under De Ruyter.
When war broke out between Louis XIV and the United Provinces in 1672 he entered the French service, as one of the Dunkirk Privateers.
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