William III: Early Life
He was born at The Hague after his father's death, when the office of stadtholder was suspended and power fell into the hands of Jan de Witt . In 1672, however, a revolution was precipitated by Louis XIV's invasion of the Netherlands; De Witt was overthrown, and William was made stadtholder, captain general, and admiral for life. In the ensuing warfare with France (see Dutch Wars
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