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Unformatted text preview: e, while not in the Americas. Spanish Empire All of Iberian peninsula, includes Brazil, everything what is now the southern US to Tierra del Fuego is consolidated under Hapsburg Rule. Includes Portuguese areas on the coast of Africa, trading posts in Asia. As history so often shows, the shift from consolidated to crisis can be rapid/simultaneous. Crisis doesn’t necessarily lead to demise, as we can see from the reemergence of the Spanish Empire. The 1640s, the silver begins to decline, and moves into a rapid collapse in Potosi (where most of the silver comes from). This is going to have a deep and enduring impact. This isn’t all, in fact, as so often is the case, as power is rising, power is being challenged. The Dutch rebelled in the 1560s, a pivotal commercial piece of the constructed Spanish Empire, but the Dutch recognized that any attempt to go and claim the core of the silver economy was either just impossible by reasons of distance or terrain OR the Spanish would have crushed any such attempt. Thus, the Dutch’s only attempt was to pick off the Spanish silver fleets in the Atlantic (succeeded once in 1627) The Dutch instead, however, focused on claiming Portuguese possession in the East. They concluded that the Phillips would defend the Spanish Empire and their silver economy much more than the Portuguese outposts and trade. They succeeded. This was a way to weaken Spain by taking the Portuguese trading Empire. The Dutch then take, and occupy, the core sugar- producing regions along the Brazilian coasts C...
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