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A less French form to anglicize the German word "Hessen"; while one hears of Hessian troops fighting as mercenaries on the side of George III in the American Revolution, and of the Hessian fly that came along on their boats, French dominance in the world of 19th century diplomacy made it more usual to spell many German place names in French. While Coblence and Ratisbonne (Koblenz and Regensburg) no longer are usually spelled in the French style, Cologne and Munich (Köln and München) still are. See also: Hesse

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