Spain entered the war on January 4 in response to British aggressions in the Caribbean. Conflicts in other theaters had taken their toll on European forces, most notably Great Britain. During the course of the war, the Crown had expanded its colonies in Asia and the Caribbean, while at the same time, heavily damaging France’s influence in North America. However, these engagements stretched Great Britain’s armies and navies very thin and for a period, it appeared that the British were on the verge of removing forces from the European continent.

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