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Spain began its decline at the beginning of the seventeenth century There were many factors and decisions that were made that contributed to its fall Spain lost a huge part of its middle class population because of the expulsion of the Moors and Jews The population loss also added to the major shift in the economy The other factor involving the population decrease was the changing weather patterns which brought agricultural crisis which lead to starvation among the lower classes With little to none of the middle class left there was no one running businesses to keep the economy stable Many of the upper class entered into non-profitable religious occupations The royalty continued to spend money even though they were receiving less and less They wanted to continue living a luxurious lifestyle that they could no longer afford so the majority of them raised their rent an act which drove the peasants off the land Many of the Spanish kings cancelled their debt but their acts resulted in the mistrust of the people At this time much of Spains power came from gold and silver When the Dutch and English began to trade with Peru also there was less for Spain and this led to a decline in power With the loss of resources came the loss of power and control War battles and various conflicts also played an important role in the decline of Spain Olivares led the country into the Thirty Years War They also became involved in a long battle with France over Mantua in 1628 Spain ultimately lacked the resources needed for war finances manpower and leadership
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