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2 The Spanish Empire was under the control of the Hapsburg Kings Charles V inherited an empire including Spain, colonies in America, parts of Italy, and lands in Austria and the Netherlands. Charles was a devout Catholic and opposed Muslims and Lutherans. In 1555, he agreed to the Peace of Augsburg-princes decided their own religions When he died he left his brother Ferdinand Austria and the Holy Roman Empire. Charles V

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4 Charles son Phillip II inherited Spain, the Spanish Netherlands and the American colonies. He gained control of the Portugal and the their empire in 1580.

5 The empire had incredible wealth. By 1600, American mines had supplied Spain with an estimated 339,000 pounds of gold. The great gold and silver reserves permitted Spain to have a standing army of 50,000 soldiers. Phillip II was also a great defender of the Catholic faith.

6 In 1588, Phillip launched the Spanish Armada in an attempt to punish Protestant England and its queen, Elizabeth I. Elizabeth had supported Protestant subjects who had rebelled against Phillip. This event was a major setback for Spain in which it never would truly return. It did continue to have wealth, power and influence in the future, but not what it might have had otherwise.

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8 El Greco-Domenikos Theotokopoulos His name means the Greek His art often used clashing colors, distorted human figure and expressed emotion symbolically The Catholic faith was found in his work-he often painted huge, long-limbed figures of saints and martyrs

9 THE DORMITION OF THE VIRGIN PORTRAIT OF AN OLD MAN

10 Another well known Spanish painter Court painter for Philip IV Best known for portraits of the royal family and court life

11 DIEGO VELAZQUEZ THE SURRENDER OF BREDA

12 Miguel de Cervantes is well known for Don Quixote de la Mancha It is considered by many the first of the modern European novel

13 Spain had been weakened by a series of issues: -inflation -the expelling of the Jews and Muslims led to the loss of many artisans and business people -the nobles did not pay taxes -Spain did not have a middle class -Spain borrowed money it could not pay back

14 The Spanish and the Netherlands had little in common: The Spanish were Catholic, Dutch protestant (Calvinists) The Spanish economy was poor, the Dutch had a strong middle class Phillip raised taxes in the Netherlands and attempted to crush Protestantism On 1568, the Duke of Alva executed 1500 Protestants and suspected rebels In 1579, the United Provinces of the Netherlands was declared independent. The ten southern provinces (todays Belgium) were Catholic and remained under Spanish control

15 What made the Netherlands different? -The people practiced religious tolerance -The area was not a kingdom but a republic with each province with an elected governor -It had a strong middle class and solid economy -They had the worlds largest fleet -They also had the Dutch East India Company that dominated the Asian spice and Indian trade -They also had significant artists

16 THE NIGHTWATCHSELF PORTRAIT (1641)

17 THE ART OF PAINTINGTHE ASTRONOMER

18 Absolutism Absolute monarchy-all power Divine right-God created the monarchy and the monarch acted as Gods representative on Earth

19 CAUSES -Religious and territorial conflicts created fear and uncertainty -The growth of armies to deal with conflicts caused rulers to raise taxes to pay troops -Heavy taxes led to additional unrest and peasant revolts -The new middle class

20 Effects -Rulers regulated religious worship and social gatherings to control the spread of ideas -Rulers increased the size of their courts to appear more powerful -Rulers created bureaucracies to control their countries economies


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