Introduction

When Spanish troops captured Antwerp in August 1585 the city’s merchants faced a difficult choice. They could stay, if they accepted the sovereignty of Philip II, but commercial prospects were bleak since large groups of Flemish textile workers had already left for France, England, and Holland and D...

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Published in: Cities of Commerce p. 1
Main Author: Oscar Gelderblom
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Princeton University Press 09-08-2013
Subjects:
Law
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Summary: When Spanish troops captured Antwerp in August 1585 the city’s merchants faced a difficult choice. They could stay, if they accepted the sovereignty of Philip II, but commercial prospects were bleak since large groups of Flemish textile workers had already left for France, England, and Holland and Dutch rebels blocked the river Scheldt and the Flemish coast. An alternative was to move to Protestant London, but here the local business elite actively tried to exclude newcomers. The Atlantic ports of Rouen and Nantes offered good connections to many countries in Western Europe, but France was embroiled in civil war, just
ISBN: 9780691142883
0691142882