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Spanish Road
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The Spanish Road (Italian cammino degli spagnoli, French chemin des Espagnols) was the name given to the developed land route from the Spanish possession in northern Italy (Duchy of Milan) over the Western Alps to the Netherlands, with fortified stretches and victualing stations (stages). During the so-called Eighty Years’ War with the States-General of the Netherlands between 1567 and 1620, it brought Spanish money and soldiers (a total of about 120,000 troops) to the provinces of the southern Netherlands that had remained allied with Spain in the Union of Arras 1579 (Dutch …

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Meumann, Markus, “Spanish Road”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_027735>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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