Map of Dawe on Even his attempts to establish a uniform system of weights and measures were thwarted. He did, however, exploit the remnants of the feudal system of compulsory labor of peasants to improve the transportation infrastructure internally. The more than 15,000 miles of road that were resurfaced under this system expedited internal travel, but made Colbert thoroughly unpopular among the peasants. He also was responsible for improving ports and building canals. Despite the attempts that Colbert made to strengthen the French economy, the fiscal drains he encountered were overwhelming, and the economy did not flourish under his extreme mercantilist practices. The government’s emphasis on manufacture, its relative neglect of agriculture, and the inability of the fiscal system to generate sufficient revenue continued to plague the French economy for many years. BIBLIOGRAPHY. Map of Dawe 2016.
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