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The Dutch And English Essay

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Patrick DresslerMrs. BudnyAP Euro22 October 2014Essay #10England and the Dutch, also known as the United Provinces were two nations that grew after the strong absolutism of Louis XIV. They signified the switch from Mediterranean States being powerful to Atlantic States. Both England and the United Provinces developed differently. The main focus of the Dutch was economics, whereas the main focus of England was dealing with religious problems, to help them politically. While England pushed for a constitutional monarchy, the Dutch stayed in their conservative, decentralized state. This is most evident based on their actions economically and politically. The first way the Dutch and English didn't both move in the direction of a constitutional monarchy is their economic actions. The Dutch were an economic powerhouse starting in the 1500's. As time went on they became strong. First off, they became a trading center for the world, being one of the most common ports for the spice trade. Next, countries depended on Amsterdam to produce manufactured goods from raw materials. This is evident of when they made a lot of money selling guns and other military technology to countries like France. Not only did they export and import goods, they made sure they were quality goods. The Exchange Bank of Amsterdam was one of the most powerful banks in Europe for a long time. With all the wealth they we able to have a stock exchange. Finally, they were strong on water. They had very advanced ships, and even created the fluyt, which is a small ship that has the ability to carry a lot of cargo. These factors made the Dutch an economic powerhouse whch led them to focusing on economics. With all the wars that they got dragged into their economic growth started to slow down. This gave them an even greater incentive to worry about keeping their economy strong and not worrying about their political situation. While the Dutch could have pushed towards a constitutional monarchy they were too busy making sure their economy stayed strong. Not only did the Dutch focus too much on economics, but the actions they took in economics didn't help lead them to developing a constitutional monarchy. In contrast, England did not focus on economics so much that they lost sight of their goal to become a constitutional monarchy. The first step towards this was Charles I deciding to get rid of the "ship tax," a tax put on coastal people to pay for "defense," but it was actually used for other purposes. The significance of Charles I lifting this is that he is starting to give Parliament some power. This was also during the "Long Parliament," which was a very long session meant to limit royal power. Charles II soon came in and continued the respect of Parliament that was destroyed by Cromwell. Parliament had to be consulted before taxes could be put on the people. So, while this was to help their economy it also showed restriction on the King's power and the need for Parliament to achieve a...

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