Describe the cause of King William's War.

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During the colonial era in North America, there were a number of “colonial wars” in which the colonists from various countries fought against one another.  In North America, this generally meant that the British colonists in what is now the US fought French colonists from what is now Canada.  These wars were all connected to conflicts in Europe.  King William’s war is one such war.

King William’s War took place in the colonies from 1689 to 1697.  It also took place in Europe during those same years.  In Europe, this war is known as the War of the League of Augsburg.  This war was caused by an attempt on the part of King Louis XIV of France to expand the power of his country.

This war was caused when Louis tried to take power in parts of the Holy Roman Empire, which was to the east of France.  This empire was rather weak and Louis was able to annex parts of it.  When he did this, other nations of Europe became worried and formed the “League of Augsburg” to oppose Louis.  The league then went to war against Louis.  This fighting spilled over into North America where French and British colonists fought one another.  

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