Louis XIV wanted
the Spanish Netherlands to become his and, with the support of
the British, invaded the Dutch Republic in May 1672.
The Dutch War and the
Britain was a natural ally, having fought already two wars
against the Dutch, i.e. the First Anglo-Dutch War from 1652-1654 and the
Second Anglo-Dutch War 1665-1667.
For the British, this war became the
Third Anglo-Dutch War.
However, the year 1674 brought about a change of
mind. The British switched alliances and fought now for
Who Else Fought in the
Sweden fought on the French side and the
Holy Roman Empire, Spain, and Denmark fought for the Dutch.
Treaty of Nijmegen,
1678, ended the Dutch War and Louis left the Spanish Netherlands.
Here is the map for this war:
And here is the map of Central Europe after the Dutch War:
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