The Spanish Fury
By ainleyy, Updated
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Let's Sack them. We need a source of income!
I'm not working for this pay. I'm unhappy with my way of life right now. Let's sack them! Fight my soldiers¬
The Pacification of Ghent is our only hope. Let's solve this major issue that lay before us. Do we agree? The only persons agreement we need now is Philip.
In Autumn 1575 Spain declared bankruptcy. The country had ran out of money and was unable to sustain the continuous army funding.They began sacking Antwerp; humiliating any so called force Antwerp's government had raised.
Im going to send them £100,000 to aid them and their soldiers.
Commencing the 4th November, were three attacks lead by d'Avilla( This was later to result in a massacre).Sancho d'Avilla arrived with approximately 6000 bloodthirsty Spanish soldiers;angry at their lack of payment from the Spanish leaders.
The 17 Dutch provinces came together on the 8th of November to sign the Pacification of Ghent. This was an agreement that demanded the removal of all Spanish troops from the Netherlands.This brought the restoration of political autonomy, and an end to religious persecution.
I don't care about this lousy agreement. I'm going to send some soldiers back there anyway. What have I got to lose anyway?
Queen Elizabeth later agreed to send a loan of £100,000 to aid the Dutch and an expeditionary force to help them too!
On 15th of February 1577, Philips brother,Don Juan, arrived in the Netherlands to sign his part of the agreement. It was seen by all the world that Elizabeths plan was prosperous: the Spanish had agreed to withdraw from the Netherlands.
Despite the agreement, that they had signed, Philip was later to send troops to the Netherlands once again. However this time they was under the command of Duke of Parma. Elizabeth retaliated and ordered 6000 mercenaries to the Netherlands to back them up. Unfortunately, some would say, Elizabeth's plan backfired as the troops under Casimir's command attacked Catholic churches. This resulted in some of them making peace with the Spanish.
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