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At the same time that England was developing her North American colonies, her chief rival, France, had established settlements in New France (Canada) and was vying for control of the areas west of the English colonies.

Further, England and France were competing for dominance in Europe, as well as establishing competing empires in the Far East. There followed a series of late 17th and early 18th century wars which had both European and American components:

Period

European Conflict

North American Conflict

1689-1697

War of the League of Augsburg

King William’s War

1702-1713

War of the Spanish Succession

Queen Anne’s War

1740-1748

War of Jenkins’ Ear (vs. Spain)
War of the Austrian Succession
(v. France
)

King George’s War

1754-1763

Seven Years’ War (1756-63)

French and Indian War

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