Seven Years War
The Seven Years' War, or French and Indian War, took place between 1754 and 1763. The main period of conflict was in the seven year period between 1756–1763 hence the name. It can actually be seen as the “First World War” as it spanned the globe including; Europe, North America, Central America, the West African coast, India, and the Philippines.
The war was caused by various rivalries;
• Globally over trade and colonies between Great Britain, France and Spain.
• In Europe for dominance of the Holy Roman Empire by Prussia and Austria
The protagonists were split as follows;
The war ended in 1763 with;
• the Treaty of Paris between France, Spain and Great Britain
• the Treaty of Hubertusburg between Saxony, Austria and Prussia,
Great Britain gained the bulk of New France in North America, Spanish Florida, some islands in the West Indies, the colony of Senegal and superiority over the French trading outposts on the Indian subcontinent. The Native Americans were excluded from the peace settlement and were unable to return to their former status after the resulting Pontiac's War. Spain gained French Louisiana and regained control of its colonies of Cuba and the Philippines that had been captured by the British during the war. In Europe little changed territorially.