King Louis XIV of France lead several armed conflicts during his reign between 1661 and 1715. There were four major wars and numerous smaller conflicts. First there was the War of Devolution in 1667/1668 in which France was fighting against Spain for the Spanish posessions in the Spanish Netherlands. Second there was the Dutch War (1672-1678), a French attempt to conquer the United Provinces of the Netherlands, which turned into a major European War in 1674. Some years later this was followed by the War of the Grand Alliance (1688-1697) in which once again almost all great European states were involved in fighting back French expansion. The last conflict was the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714). In this war, France and Spain both fought to get the bigger part of the Spanish empire.