How Did Maria Theresa Came To Power

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Maria Theresa would in fact go on to become the only female ruler of the Hapsburg dominions, coming into power through legal succession. Born in 1717, on May 13th, Maria Theresa was the first child of Charles VI, the Holy Roman Emperor. Charles VI, made sure that she, being the oldest of his daughters, would be able to inherit his throne upon his death, if he was not able to produce a male heir. At the time, Salic Law made it impossible for a woman to inherit the throne, and through a great deal of work, Charles VI was able to change this law. However, many of the powers that originally agreed to allow Maria Theresa to succeed to the throne came to change their mind when Charles VI died, thus sparking the War of Austrian Succession. A war that

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