Union of Arms
The Union of Arms (in Spanish Unión de Armas) was a political proposal, put forward by Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares, for greater military co-operation between the constituent parts of the composite monarchy ruled by Philip IV of Spain.
The plan was for each of the kingdoms ruled by Philip to contribute equitably to a fund from which 140,000 troops would be maintained for the defense of the monarchy. The division of contributions envisaged was:
- Kingdom of Castile, 44,000 troops
- Spanish Netherlands, 12,000 troops
- Kingdom of Aragon, 10,000 troops
- Kingdom of Valencia, 6,000 troops
- Principality of Catalonia, 16,000 troops
- Kingdom of Portugal, 16,000 troops
- Kingdom of Naples, 16,000 troops
- Kingdom of Sicily, 6,000 troops
- Duchy of Milan, 8,000 troops
- Mediterranean and Atlantic islands, 6,000 troops
- I. A. A. Thompson, "Castile, Spain and the Monarchy", in Spain, Europe and the Atlantic (Festschrift for J. H. Elliott), edited by Richard L. Kagan and Geoffrey Parker (Cambridge University Press, 1995), pp. 147-148.
- Colin Pendrill, Spain, 1474–1700 (Oxford, 2002), p. 137.
- Propositie gedaen aen de Staten van Braband door Don Diego van Mexia (n.p.d.). Available on Google Books.
|This article about politics is a stub. You can help Infogalactic by expanding it.|