Sunday, October 19, 2008
Prompt # 3
I believe that main thing that was the downfall of Spain and their economy was, as we've talked about in class, the intolerance of certain religions; or maybe to put it in better words, the way that the Spanish let their emotions and hardcore beliefs get in the way of the real things that were of importance. And all of those real things pertained to the economy, which was hurt badly when the Spanish kicked out the Jews and of course the Moriscos (Muslims). Yes of course the Spanish Armada was a big dent in the whole picture, but to me this just seems like something that could've been much more easily avoided. I mean, it's hard to give suggestions on how they could have "won" that battle in the water, but it's much more easy to see the blatant faults of intolerance. As one can see, other economies such as the Dutch Republic were flying high as the Spanish one crumbled to the ground, and that has a lot to do with the difference of intolerance in both societies.