- Mar 2016
I was sticking strictly to empires in an official sense, and France was a republic until 1804 (nominally).France should be 1797 - 1815
No, the reigns of Charles V and Philip II saw the height of Spain's territorial dominance - the 16th century saw the Low Countries, and Portugal and its empire ruled by the Spanish monarch.Spanish Empire only in the first half of 17th century.
Again, I'm sticking to official empires, and France during the reign of Louis XIV was still very much a kingdom, just with slightly enlarged borders. And its track record of expansion and dominance is very mixed during this era, and ended with France being contained by a large anti-French coalition.In the second half of 17th century it's France.