Spanish empire

1648 peace of something louis the 14th has his power

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Unformatted text preview: hipping away at the Spanish Empire The Portuguese then conclude that this isn’t good for the Spanish Empire. The Dutch rebel in 1640, establish sovereignty, and we begin to see that Dutch (backed by independent Portuguese powers, such as merchants in Brazil) take back Brazil from the Spanish empire. Meanwhile, the British wake up, having consolidated the Tudor dynasty under Elizabeth, having consolidated their Reformation, and now they see the Spanish dynasty and they come to an inevitable conclusion. If Britain is to compete for power in Europe, it must also have an empire. So, around 1600, when all the major state societies, and no more silver to be found, the British start to expand their territorial possessions. There is a tendency to magnify the import of the British discovery of Massachusetts Bay in the early 1600s. No, it is not until after the start of the 1700s do land possessions increase with any sort of rapid accumulation of power, not until the 1700s that British sugar plantations are any much greater than the Spanish/Portuguese. Indeed, British power is of no immediate threat to Spanish dominion in the New World for at least another century. The Crisis of 1650 (based around then, centers the period): a global crisis, and we have only begun to appreciate that fact, and we don’t have a fund of well researched information about this. WE can outline it much more easily than to understand it. China, whose demand for silver that drove the boom in the silver ec...
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