Sunday, October 12, 2008
Spain would have benefitted immensely by accepting both Catholics and Protestants. Although this was almost unheard of then, it would have decreased Spain's enemies, for Philip II was constantly attempting to do things for the better of his country but for Catholicism as well. One reason that Spain saw a decline in its power was because of depopulation. If Protestants were never sent out of the country (along with many other peoples), Spain's population would not have dropped by so much. If Philip had allowed Protestantism, he may not have had as much of a problem with the Protestant Elizabeth of England.