¡Spanish Fury!

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  • Spain must remove their soldiers' from Netherland. Signed: 17 Dutch Provinces
  • In Autumn of 1575 Spain declared bankruptcy and couldn’t afford to pay their soldiers. The soldiers based in the Netherland decided to make their own money by raiding the City of Antwerp.
  • On 4th November, 6,000 soldiers’ attacked Antwerp resulting in the massacre of 7,000 citizens.
  • Treaty of Nonsuch
  • On the 8th November, 17 Dutch provinces came together and signed the Pacification of Ghent which stated that Spain must remove their soldiers’ from Netherlands.
  • England would provide 7,000 troops to aid the Dutch rebels Netherlands would allow England to use the Dutch towns Brill and Flushing as military bases. Elizabeth’s favourite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, was given the title Governor General of the Provinces. Philip considered Spain and England officially at war.
  • Despite the agreement, less than six months later Philip sent troops to attack the Netherlands under the command of the Duke of Parma. On 10th July, Philip employed assassins to kill the leader of the Dutch rebels, William of Orange, and succeeded.
  • This left Dutch protestants without a leader. This left Elizabeth with a decision: support the rebels or allow Spain to defeat them, leaving Spain to only have to occupy on England. Elizabeth chose to support the rebels and initiated 'The Treaty of Nonsuch'
  • The treaty stated: England would provide 7,000 troops to aid the Dutch rebels Netherlands would allow England to use the Dutch towns Brill and Flushing as military bases. Elizabeth’s favourite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, was given the title Governor General of the Provinces. Philip considered Spain and England officially at war.
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