What is a gabelle?

What is a gabelle? Here are some definitions.

  1. A tax; especially, the tax on salt levied in pre-Revolutionary France.
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He blamed himself, because he knew it was his fault that gabelle had been left so long in such a dangerous post.
The Latin form of the word is gabellum, and the French gabelle.
On the other hand, their common folk are so crushed down with gabelle, and poll-tax, and every manner of cursed tallage, that the spirit has passed right out of them.
The gabelle, which led to several rebellions, was not abolished until the Revolution.
He granted several privileges to Brittany, such as exemption from the gabelle, a tax on salt which was very unpopular in France.
French finances during the war were mainly financed by the increase in the taille tax, as well as indirect taxes like the gabelle and customs fees.

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