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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.
(Placename) a region of E France, covering the Jura and the low country east of the Saône: part of the Kingdom of Burgundy (6th century ad–1137); autonomous as the Free County of Burgundy (1137–1384); under Burgundian rule again (1384–1477) and Hapsburg rule (1493–1674); annexed by France (1678)
1. a historic region and former province in E France: once a part of Burgundy.
2. a metropolitan region in E France. l,097,000; 6256 sq. mi. (16,202 sq. km).