A DIFFICULT STARTING POSITION
January 1707: Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm was dead, Sibylla Augusta was regent. The War of the Spanish Succession raged. In May, French troops under Marshal Villars took Rastatt and demanded significant tributes. Sibylla Augusta left town and did not return until after the Treaty of Rastatt in 1714. The state had suffered under the 1622 occupation by Sweden during the Thirty Years' War, as well as the effects of the wars, and now needed to be rebuilt.