From 1689 to 1763, four huge imperial wars were waged between the French and the British. ‘Empires’ looks at the battle for territory that raged at the end of one century and into the next and examines the impact of this on all involved and the ramifications afterwards. British success threatened the native peoples of the interior, as they had been playing off the rival empires against one another to keep their own autonomy. They prepared for war. The brutal war that followed hardened animosities along racial lines. The frontier war was frustrating and expensive for the British, leading to bitter disputes between the colonists and the British over money. This provoked the crisis that lost most of that empire.