What was King William's War?

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King William’s War is the name that was given by American colonists to the American theater of the War of the League of Augsburg.  This was a war that occurred in the years 1688 to 1697.  King William’s War can be seen as the first of the French and Indian Wars because it involved the French and their Indian allies against the British and their Indian allies.

King William’s War happened largely because the French and British were enemies and therefore their colonies were too.  The colonies had been experiencing tensions as they competed for control of the fur trade.  These tensions and the natural tension between France and Britain caused the war.