April 22: Iberville returns to France, never to return to Louisiana. His brother Bienville, who is twenty-two years old, who becomes acting governor in what is assumed to be his brother's temporary absence, will remain active in the affairs of the colony for the next forty years. Among the challenges he faces is the lack of an economic base upon which to build and the threat of European war, which reaches Louisiana that year in the War of the Spanish Succession (known in North America as Queen Anne's War). Until the English threat finally ended in 1712, Bienville struggled to preserve French alliances with the Indians, particularly the Chickasaw, whom he feared might ally with the English.
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