Why did Elizabeth support the Netherlands?

Who did Elizabeth send to help the Dutch?

In early 1578, with Elizabeth unwilling use English forces after the defeat of the Protestant Dutch army at the Battle of Gembloux and concerned about such a move provoking the French, she approached the Duke with funds to recruit “6,000 Swiss and 5,000 ‘reiters’ to the provinces” to assist the Dutch.

Why was Elizabeth unsuccessful in the Netherlands?

Protestants in the Netherlands began a revolt against Spanish rule in 1572. Elizabeth secretly supported the Dutch rebels because she knew the Dutch revolt would keep the Spanish too busy to threaten England. … For the first time English and Spanish armies were fighting each other. England and Spain were now at war.

Why was Elizabeth reluctant for the Dutch Protestants?

Elizabeth I was reluctant to help Dutch Protestant rebels in the Netherlands. She wanted to avoid anything that could lead to war with Spain. Instead, she hoped to apply pressure on the Spanish to encourage them to agree to return the Netherlands to how they had been governed under an agreement made in 1548.

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