"XVII - XVIII A.D.".
Dragoons are generally described as mounted infantry – ‘foot’ soldiers that were fast moving because they rode to where they were needed but dismounted to fight. By the beginning of the 18th century that definition was already looking anachronistic as dragoons in all armies attempted to gain the elevated social status (and better pay) of genuine cavalry. This process was far from complete however, so in the army of Charles XII of Sweden (ruled 1697 to 1718) dragoons might still fight on foot or take part in traditional cavalry actions.
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