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War of the Spanish Succession
The War of Spanish succession breaks out when Charles II dies and names the grandson of Louis IV, Phillip V, King of France. The Hapsburgs who coveted the crown and had claims on the throne went to war over the succession. A grand alliance was formed that included the England, Holland, Austria and later Brandenburg, to oppose Louis IV and Bourbon France. The war was to last for 11 years and was fought overseas in Italy and in the Spanish colonies.