France conquers Algeria during the reign of Louis XIV

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What if France would have conquered Algeria sometime during the reign of Louis XIV instead of 150 years later?

For what it's worth, France's demographic position was much more favorable in the 1600s than it was in the 1800s.
 
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France was allied with the Ottoman empire at the time, so this wouldn't have gone over well.
Additionally, France was engaged in expansion along the german border, being frequently at war with Austria. Ignoring the Austrian threat and invading an oversees ally would be very poor strategy.
 

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Also by the 19th century Algeria operated as its own country with little if any oversight from the Ottoman Turks, which meant they weren't really going to much more than lodge a minor protest
Was the same also true for the rest of North Africa?


I don't think possible in Louis XIV's time due to technology, a lot of attacks against Algers by the Europeans in the 17/18th centuries failed, and it even in the 19th century it took the French almost 2 decades to subjugate land outside of the cities like Algers
Leibniz did suggest that Louis XIV should invade Egypt in 1672, though.

France was allied with the Ottoman empire at the time, so this wouldn't have gone over well.
Additionally, France was engaged in expansion along the german border, being frequently at war with Austria. Ignoring the Austrian threat and invading an oversees ally would be very poor strategy.
What about if this would have been done in place of the War of Spanish Succession? Simply have Philip V of Spain renounce all of his rights to the French throne in 1700 instead of in 1713. There; problem solved! :)
 
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The Ottomans declared a jihad when Napoleon invaded Egypt, I'd imagine they wouldn't be happy with France invading Algeria.
France wouldn't just give up attempting to take the Spanish domains in favor of Algeria, it would be a poor trade.
 
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The Ottomans declared a jihad when Napoleon invaded Egypt, I'd imagine they wouldn't be happy with France invading Algeria.
France wouldn't just give up attempting to take the Spanish domains in favor of Algeria, it would be a poor trade.
Philip V still becomes Spanish King in this scenario, though.
 

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In real life the war ended when Philip renounced his ability to pass on the throne to his family and lost much of Spain's European territories. They went to war for the hope of keeping/winning it all.
Willingly giving these up to attack a poor territory of an ally is a poor trade.
What territories did Philip give up?
 

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