Duke of Alva demands heavy taxes from the States-General at Brussels (50 words)

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The Duke of Alva meets with the States-General at Brussels and demands that they grant heavy tax levies. These included the Tenth Penny, a permanent 10% sales tax which would give the government a new financial independence and enable greater centralisation. However, this met with concerted opposition from the Dutch people.

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Editors. "Duke of Alva demands heavy taxes from the States-General at Brussels". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=15088, accessed 17 October 2017.]

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