Sunday, October 19, 2008
I think that Spain just had really bad luck. First, taxes were too high and mostly targeted the poor. If Spain had not relied so much on the silver that was coming from the Americas and when it stopped coming, it would not have been necessary to tax as they did. Spain also should have handled the Dutch Revolution better. While the army was strong, Spain seemed to have been paying attention more to the Dutch instead of France and England. The Armada did not work out very well, either. England was almost waiting for them as they came; they had prepared well, but were still defeated. There were multiple communication problems and had the English not been there when they were, they would have succeeded. Philip clearly overlooked the possibility of the English navy.