The Dutch Revolt

By Indy, Michaela, Coreima, Kelsie


When: The Dutch Revolt started sometime in June 1566 and ended on 1609.

Who: The king of the Netherlands was William of Orange and he successfully led his people through it.

Where: The Netherlands

What: 7 Northern provinces of the Netherlands won their independence from Spanish rule.

* The revolt of the Netherlands against Spanish crown was driven by economic and political concerns.

Why: The Spanish king Phillip tried to institute a 10% tax on their (Dutch&Spanish) income.


  • Spanish king Phillip II sent in 10,000 troops to Brussels.
  • The execution of Counts Egmont and Horne in Brussels.
  • Territories retained their ancient liberties which stood in the way of attempts by rulers to create a centralized administration.
  • It was also brought by the Ghent rebellion against forced taxation.

Key figures

William of Orange- King of Netherlands. Led Dutch into victory.

Phillip ll- King of Spain and Portugal. Led Spain and Portugal into failure.

Treaty of Munster- Resolution(declaration) William won and Netherlands(Dutch) are an independent nation.

Direct Cause

The direct cause was Phillip ll basically wanted to tax the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal 10% more than they already did, thus started the Dutch Revolt.

Root cause

The Dutch decided that they didn't want to be taxed 10% more, so they revolted. This started the war between William of Orange and Phillip ll.

Events Events Events!!!

  • Did you know the Dutch revolt led to the eighty-years war.
  • The Dutch revolt ties in with the Dutch Republican.

Outcome/main significance

The Dutch won by a land slide!!! Therefore gaining there independence graciously. Signing the Treaty of Munster finalized this. Now the Netherlands is a free and independent nation.