The high price of Spanish wool made it difficult to export, and the size of the flocks shrank; from to the number of sheep went down by 20 percent. Philip was quite unmoved by protest; he never wavered in his determination to crush heresy and rebellion by force. The growing needs of the state, arising from Philip's wars, raised taxes and further helped to ruin industry. The church in Spain as elsewhere was in urgent need of reform at the start of the sixteenth century. This was the first great military success of the rebels and was followed by others, until most of the towns of Holland and Zeeland were brought under William's authority. He was truly the father of a new nation, which would be known as the Dutch republic or the United Provinces.
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