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Eighty Years' War

Eighty Years War
Military Conflict
ConflictEighty Years' War
LocationThe Low Countries
(Worldwide Colonial Warfare)
ResultPeace of Münster
Independence of the Dutch Republic
United Provinces
Kingdom of England
German Protestants
Kingdom of France
Spain Spanish Empire
Holy Roman Empire

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The Eighty Years' War, or Dutch War of Independence, (1568 1648) began as a revolt of the Seventeen Provinces against Philip II of Spain, the sovereign of the Habsburg Netherlands.

After the initial stages Philip II deployed his armies and regained control over most of the rebelling provinces. However, under the leadership of the exiled William of Orange the northern provinces continued their resistance and managed to oust the Spanish armies, and established the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. The subsequent war continued, although the heartland of the republic was no longer threatened. The war ended in 1648 with the Peace of Münster when the Dutch Republic was recognised as an independent country.

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