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A revolution began in France in 1789, which led to Napoleon Bonaparte, a general serving in the French colonies in South Brendania, returning to France and seizing power. No foreign power tried to control France due to the Fourth Colonial War and its destructiveness, as no power waned another war like that to happen again. Napoleon seized power in 1795, and reformed the military and made it bigger.
Napoleon was aiming to conquer Normandy, as it was the traditional enemy of France. Napoleon knew he could not do this because of Normandy's alliance with Scandinavia. He proposed a French alliance with Great Britain. Great Britain was an enemy with Scandinavia since the Fourth Colonial War, and despite France and Great Britain were usually enemies, Great Britain agreed. France also knew that Spain did not like the new France, and would be an enemy of France in any way. So France proposed to Virginia to declare war on Spain and invade its colonies, and France would in return declare war on Spain and stop them from sending reinforcements. Virginian president Thomas Jefferson, who dreamed of an America stretching from coast to coast, agreed and now all France needed was a spark.
The spark came when a rebellion began in the eastern part of the Prussian Empire. They wanted to make their own nation, the Confederation of the Rhine. France declared recognition of the nation and sent soldiers there to protect it from Prussia. Prussian and French soldiers attacked each other near Alsdorf. The Battle of Alsforf led to declaration of war on France by Prussia, which began Napoleon's War.
After the declarations of war Napoleon sent his army into Prussia in order to help the Confederation of the Rhine and conquer Prussia. Napoleon sent his forces to capture Kassel, an important city. Prussian forces were sent in retreat and Kassel was captured. This began a series of Prussian defeated in the western part of the country, and led to Bavaria to support the Confederation cause. Because of this Prussia sent its army to make sure Ulm was secure. However, French soldiers got there first and conquered the city, and them ambushed the advancing Prussian soldiers.
Meanwhile, the Royal Navy and the Prussian Navy clashed in the North Sea. Britain tried to defeat the Prussians in the North Sea in order to control the North Sea and to gain footholds in northern Prussia. The first clash was near the Jutland Peninsula, where the powerful Royal Navy defeated the much smaller Prussian Navy. The Royal Navy would later defeat the Prussian Navy at the Battle of the Dover Strait, where Prussian ships were lured by the Royal Navy and destroyed. The British would later beat the Prussian Navy again at the Battle of the North Sea, and these three victories resulted in British control of the North Sea. Later the British would begin landing soldiers in northern Prussia.
Virginia Enters the War
In July 1803, 1 month after the war started, Virginia invaded New Spain. General Anthony Wayne, a hero of the Northwest Indian Wars, led US soldiers across the Philipia River into St. Louis. Spanish soldiers there had the upper hand, however, because of numerous Indian tribes led by Tecumseh moved there after the Northwest Indian Wars. During the battle Anthony Wayne was killed by a Spanish sniper. After Wayne's death Colonel William Clark became in control of US soldiers in the Battle of St. Louis.