Monthly Archive: May 2014

May 14 2014

Act of Abjuration (1581)

In 1581, the States General of the Netherlands decided to dissolve their allegiance to the Hapsburg King, Phillip II of Spain. The “Act of Abjuration” was their declaration of independence. It is known as the “Plakkaat” in Dutch. The States General is a legislative body composed of two parts: a Senate and a House of …

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