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The New World and Europe The sixteenth century was considered the Golden Age of Spain Using the vast wealth of New Spain King Charles I fought dynastic and religious battles in Europe and used bribes to have himself selected as the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V But still another challenge confronted the Catholic king in the form of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation The Protestant Reformation and the European Order In 1517 Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation by publicizing his criticisms of the Catholic Church Luther wanted to reform what he thought were unscriptural practices He insisted that people did not need priests to interpret the Bible for them and that faith in God not good works was essential for salvation Though Luthers ideas caught on quickly the new theology faced a formidable adversary in Charles V King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor who swore to commit all his efforts to extinguish the Protestant heresies New World Treasure and Spanish Ambitions New World wealth allowed Charles V and his son and successor Philip II to maintain Spanish supremacy throughout the sixteenth century American treasure however encouraged the empire to pursue its great-power ambitions to a degree that ultimately caused the empires ruin The monarchys incessant warfare ultimately outstripped even the seemingly inexhaustible New World revenues bringing the Spanish empire to the brink of bankruptcy Furthermore to help finance their military ambitions both kings continually raised taxes in Spain thus further impoverishing the majority of Spains peasant population on whom the major tax burden fell Ultimately Spains New World wealth proved a great short-term benefit but a long-term burden Europe and the Spanish Example Spains example proved that a New World empire could make a major contribution to a nations power and prestige in Europe France and England tried to follow Spains example In 1524 France authorized Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano to sail westward Verrazano searched the coast of
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