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War of the Spanish Succession

Beginning

9 July 1702

Ending

11 July 1715

Location

Europe, North America, South America

Outcome

Treaties of Utrecht, Rastatt, Baden: Austria, Great Britain and the Dutch Republic recognise Philip, Duke of Anjou as Philip V of Spain but Philip V renounces any claim to the throne of France. Spain cedes territories in Europe.

Belligerents

Kingdom of Britain - Union Jack Old Great Britain
Portuguese Flag (18th Century) Portugal

Spanish Flag (1701-1760) Spain
Kingdom of France Flag France

Commanders

The War of the Spanish Succession (1701 – 1714) was fought between European powers, including a divided Spain, over who had the right to succeed Charles II as King of Spain. During the conflict, nations on both sides openly exercised the use of privateers to raid merchant convoys.

The war ended with the Treaty of Utrecht in 1714; which rendered thousands of privateers unemployed. Many of these, including Edward Kenway, Edward Thatch, Benjamin Hornigold, and Charles Vane, among others, resorted to piracy in order to survive. This started the third and final "Golden Age of Piracy".

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