- INTERIOR POLITICS. The imperial age of Spain ends with Philip II. There was a rapid decline since the wars had depopulated territories and ruined the economy.
Philip III was the son of Philip II and Queen Anne of Austria. He was a weak and unwilling king, who was a good citizen but not a good monarch. He left the government in the hands of the Duke of Lerma, who was a crook and lacked talent, worrying about becoming rich at the expense of the State. When you thought he was going to be expelled, he was named Cardinal. The people said: "He dressed in red to avoid being hanged."
The most known event was the expulsion of the Moorish. Although they had been baptized and became Christians, Muslims continued to practice their rituals. They were chased by the Inquisition and had to pay special and burdensome taxes. They maintained relations with the Barbary pirates and the Turks whom they gave reports to in order to help them with their plots. Therefore, the decision was made to expel them. From the economic point of view, this measure was detrimental to national interests.
- In regard to FOREIGN POLICY, he was attentive in maintaining peace, although there were some wars.
+ In Flanders, they revolted again but they reached the Twelve Years' Truce.
+ In England, there were friendly relations after Elizabeth’s death.
+ The relations with France were also positive due to the marriages between the two royal houses.
+ In Italy, the city of Venice prepared the "conspiracy of Venice" but failed.
2. Answer if the statement refers to internal or foreign matters: