Editors. "Second Partition Treaty is signed between France, England and Holland". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2011
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The Second Partition Treaty is signed between France, England and Holland. The First Partition Treaty had involved the planned inheritance of many of the Spanish possessions by King Charles II's young heir Joseph Ferdinand, but in 1699 the boy died. According to this second treaty, therefore, the Habsburg Archduke Charles was to receive Spain and the Spanish possessions in South America, but the French Dauphin was to receive the two Sicilies. France would also gain the Tuscan Ports, Guispuscoa and Milan, which were to be exchanged for Lorraine. In an attempt to weaken this family's dominance, the treaty also demanded the separation of the two branches of the House of Habsburg. Tthe Treaty was ratified in March 1700.