Treaty of Nonsuch
Elizabeth I agreed to supply 6,400 foot soldiers and 1,000 cavalry, initially intended as a way of lifting the Siege of Antwerp (1584-1585), together with an annual subsidy of 600,000 florins a year – about a quarter of the annual cost of the revolt. As a surety for this assistance, the Dutch were to hand over Brill and Flushing to England. These she would garrison at her own expense.
The treaty granted Elizabeth the right to appoint two councillors to the council of state of the United Provinces.
The surety provoked the objection of Zeeland, which was to lose the most by this measure. Elizabeth rejected the title of Governor General of the Provinces offered to her in the treaty. When the head of the English troops in the Netherlands, Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, did accept this title, Elizabeth considered it outrageous.
Philip II took the treaty as a declaration of war against him by Elizabeth. Three years later he launched the Spanish Armada in an attempt to invade and conquer England. The resources spent by Philip on the Armada (10 million ducats) undoubtedly diverted significant resources from fighting the Dutch revolt at the time. Around 110 million ducats were spent on the partially successful campaign against the resurgent revolt.
The Treaty of Nonsuch was renewed and amended by the Treaty of Westminster of 6/16 August, 1598 between the States-General and the Privy Council on behalf of Elizabeth.
- R. B. Wernham, Before the Armada: The growth of English foreign policy 1485–1588 (1966), p. 371.
- F.G. Davenport and C.O Paulin, European Treaties Bearing on the History of the United States and Its Dependencies (Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1917), pp. 239-242
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