Cause of the War of Spanish Succession

About the cause of the War of Spanish Succession or Queen Anne's War between France and England started over spilled water.

YEAR: 1704

WAR: War of the Spanish Succession; later Queen Anne's War

PLACE: Throughout Europe

OPPONENTS: France v. England; later Prussia v. Silesia

PROVOCATION: Mrs. Mashaur, Englishwoman, spilled glass of water on Marquis de Torey, Frenchman. She said it was accidental. He said it was an intentional insult. This incident stirred deeper antagonisms, power plays, and led to open war.

RESULT: A 5-year struggle ended with Peace of Utrecht. King Louis XIV of France placed one of his grandsons on Spanish Hapsburg throne.

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