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Baldwin of Boulogne I brother to Godfrey of Boullion Count of Edessa and King of Jerusalem Baldwin was one of the eight chief lay leaders of the first Crusade Setton 21 He died in 1118 which marked an end of an era Baldwin was the last of the original leaders of the firs Crusade Setton 408 He founded the first Latin state in the east the county of Edessa He founded and transformed Jerusalem into a monarchy state Helped in the capture of Tripoli Established the county of Tripoli into the fourth and last state of the east With only small means at his disposal he accomplished many things like founding the county Edessa with a few knights Then he took over Jerusalem after his brother Godfrey who had left it weak torn by factionalism and surrounded by enemies He left Jerusalem a strong and powerful state He revived and maintained commerce with the Moslem who he was there to fight in the first place He never had a naval fleet but still had coastal conquests and protection He had sea routes protected to the west by obtaining the help of the Italian Naval Fleet The numbered of troops which Baldwin had can be compared to a modern day battalion which would consist roughly of about 1200 troops With a small army by his side he was able to protect his small state and leave it aggressive helping the Latin states to the north and extending his own territory Setton 409 Baldwin was known as a conqueror to the day of his death His worst enemies Al-Afdal of Egypt and Tughtigin of Demascus gave up hope of ever over throwing him Before going on the first crusade Baldwin took his time before accepting to go with his brother Godfrey Since he was the youngest of the three brothers he had no inheritance left to him He saw this as a great opportunity to go out
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