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Sète or the "Venice of Languedoc", located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region , is a port and seaside resort in southern France. Built on and around the hill Mont St. Clair , Sète is surrounded by the Bassin de Thau, an enclosed salt water lake primarily used for oyster and mussel fields, and the Mediterranean Sea. Between the two, a network of canals regularly transports locals in boats to the town centre. The inhabitants of Sète, or the Sétois, have a strong cultural identity, as well as their own traditions, cuisine and dialect, mostly influenced by the Italian migrants. Originally, the town of Sète was created on royal decision in 1660, mostly from the efforts of three men : Paul Riquet, Louis XIV and the Knight of Clerville. Riquet had undertaken digging the "Canal du Midi", and was looking for a suitable outlet on the Mediterranean Sea. Louis XIV instructed his minister Colbert, who then entrusted the Knight of Clerville, to find a new sea route and to create a port for shipping Languedoc's products. Today, Sète is still fluorishing as a port city.