League of Augsburg

In the late 17th century Louis XIV's French army was the dominant force in western Europe. The League of Augsburg was formed in 1686 by Austria, Spain, and Sweden, along with several minor German states, including Bavaria and the Palatinate, in an attempt to thwart the ambitions of Louis. This alliance was expanded into the Grand Alliance in 1689 when the Dutch, newly conquered England, Savoy and Brandenburg joined. These wars are also known as the Nine Years War 1688-1697. In North America these wars were known as King William's War.

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