The 7 years war was actually the 1st WORLD WAR. It spanned the continents of North America, Africa, Europe, South America, and Asia. The main fighters were ENGLAND and Prussia, vs. FRANCE and Austria (but basically every country in Europe fought, plus America). It's also called the French-Indian War. The war was started because of England capturing/takeing over of French ships, ports, and land in America. France formed a pact with countries (like Spain, Russia, The Holy Roman Empire, and Austria), and England retaliated with Portugal and Prussia. Famous leaders included: Peter the Great of Russia, Maria Theresa of the Holy Roman Empire, Louis XV of France, Frederick the Great of Prussia, and King George III of England. George Washington was also involved in this war. The Treaties of: St.Petersburg, Hamburg, and Haburtsburg stopped the minor countries from fighting (like Russia vs. Prussia, Austria vs. Prussia, Holy Roman Empire, etc). After a while, France eventually surrendered to England during the Treaty of Paris, and England DOMINATED the world for many years to come (imo, the most powerful empire to ever live, besides America). England later controlled land in every continent (the sun never set on the British Empire), they started the industrial revolution, they repealed the Germans in both World Wars (somwhat), helped America during the Berlin Airlift, and are still a powerhouse today, but they still couldn't beat America with FRANCE's help (France got their revenge). This war was a deciding factor in history, it fueled the French's want for vengeance and independence (more so revenge on the UK though). Britain also needed money back from the war, which lead to George III taxing the colonists, which started the Revolutionary War.
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