Dutch Republic, DBQ

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During the 17th century the economically wealthy but politically and military fledgling Dutch Republic faced both foreign and domestic threat to its unity, security and prosperity. These challenges caused the competition over domination of wealth, and trade, and the nationalism that people were showing to stop the war. All these facts demonstrate that the Dutch Republic was uniting to stop the competitions for wealth, and trade in Europe.

There were many wars against the Dutch Republic which were mostly caused by England. But why was England trying to destroy the Dutch?. First, the Dutch had commercial, financial, and naval power. At that time, the Dutch Republic was very powerful because it possessed a extensive commercial revolution which was bringing financial benefits to the Republic. England didn't possessed most of that, so they decided to go against them.

England did it by many ways one of them was by uniting their forces with France, which gave many problems to the Dutch.

England, in their way to destroy the Dutch Republic, France and England decided to unite their forces, so it could be easier to destroy the Dutch. This was affecting the unity, security, and prosperity of the Dutch Republic because if France, and England attack the Dutch, it would be a massacre for the Dutch, because it will break the security, the unity, and it won't let the Dutch' prosperity to go on. For example if the republic ends up totally destroy, they won't have any way to reconstruct the republic again, which will bring deaths, insecurity, disunity, and the prosperity will go away. The king of France promises to pay to the king of England two million livres. Each of the allied sovereigns will then jointly declare war on the Dutch Republic. The king of France will defray...