"skirmishes with the French"
The Battle of Velez-Malaga
The War of the Spanish Succession
(1701-1714) pitted France and Spain against England, Portugal, Holland and the Holy Roman Empire. The latter coalition fought to prevent an all-powerful unification of France and Spain under Louis XIV and his grandson, Philip V of Spain. As well as the Battle of Blenheim, the war saw fighting in North America and in the Mediterranean. The largest naval battle was the Battle of Velez-Malaga, following which the French navy avoided all further full-scale engagements.