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Previous:

Kongo Wars

Concurrent:

Midwestern War

Next:

European War II

Spice Wars
Beginning:

1856

End:

1871

Place:

Maratha and the Indian Ocean

Outcome:
  • European victory
  • The Marathi economy is devastated for decades
  • The wartime economic system fixes Europe's economy
  • European global dominance is once again recognized by powers all over the world
Combatants
Council of Berlin

Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Flag of France France
800px-Flag of the Confederation of the Rhine Germany
Flag of Spain Spain
Flag of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy Italy

Flag of the Maratha Empire Maratha Empire
Flag of Singapore Indonesia

Commanders

Flag of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria
Flag of France Napoleon III
800px-Flag of the Confederation of the Rhine Otto von Bismark
Flag of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy Victor Emmanuel II
Flag of Spain Joseph III

Flag of the Maratha Empire Shah Alam I
Flag of Singapore Dharma Ashkenazi

Strength

~650,000

~1,300,000

Casualties and Losses

~375,000

~825,000

The Spice Wars were two conflicts between a coalition of European nations composed of France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, and Italy and a Marathi-Indonesian alliance. The wars lasted from 1856 to 1871, and the outcome immediately ignited European War II. The wars were primarily fought throughout the Maratha Empire and around the Indian Ocean.

The Spice Wars began as a result of a European economic depression, which became so drastic that many European nations felt compelled to invade Maratha and plunder spices to sell in order to help their economic situations. Russia was involved in the Council of Berlin, however, it did not partake in the war, and because of its decision, emerged as a superpower following European War II.

Throughout the war, the fighting was both fierce and relatively pointless, as for much of the conflict, little to no progress was made on either side. The war began with the invasion and occupation of the Dominion of Ceylon (modern day Sri Lanka), followed by a British naval blockade of Maratha and ground invasion of the Indian subcontinent. The fighting forced the Europeans to buy American made gunpowder, helping the American economy in the process. The Marathi Peshwa at the time was Shah Alam I, who was able to halt the European advance in a miraculous victory in 1858 at Dalautabad. The war remained a stalemate for years after this, eventually resulting in a temporary peace at Goa in 1860, although the Europeans maintained an occupation in the lower area of Maratha and stole a vast amount of wealth from the area.

The peace treaty was broken in 1861 when a Marathi-Indonesian alliance invaded occupied Maratha and attempted to wrestle it out of the hands of the European coalition. Eventually, however, Germany broke through Marathi lines at Goa in 1869 after years of warfare constrained to naval battles and small ground skirmishes. Germany and Britain led the Europeans to victory at Bombay, and eventually Raigad, the Marathi capital, in 1870, knocking Maratha out of the conflict and allowing Europe to pillage the nation for wealth. However, Indonesia did not surrender until February 3, 1871, exactly seven months after the Marathi surrender, when the Royal Navy defeated the Indonesian navy and the threat of ground invasion loomed over Indonesia.

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