. In the winter of 1709–1710, negotiations to end the War of the Spanish Succession
were held at Geertruidenberg in the Netherlands. The talks were finally broken off
in the summer of 1710, partly because the Dutch representatives insisted on terms
unacceptable to France. In 1713, faced with the withdrawal of its British ally, without
whom it would be unable to continue the war, the Netherlands was forced to accede
to the treaties of Utrecht, containing terms far less favorable than those that could
have been obtained at Geertruidenberg in 1710 (George Edmundson, History of Holland
, Cambridge, England, 1922, p. 293–297).