How seriously did the financial demands of the crown affect the Spanish economy?
The Spanish discovered silver in South America in 1545. This helped with Charles' financial problems. 200,000kgs of silver were mined each year which secured Charles about 252,000 ducats a year. The income which Charles received from the South American silver added to his income from Spain and helped him to increase his wealth and live a very lavish lifestyle, as he said, "I cannot be sustained by my Spanish realms." The income from the silver also went towards his 12million ducats of debt which Charles had accumulated through burrowing money. Martin Jones claims that "America never funded…
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