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During the Dutch Revolt, Willem of Orange hoped to lend some money to finance his war against Spain. The Dutch came in contact with the Ottomans via Don Juan Miquez. He was a rich Jewish banker from Spain, which fled to Konstantiniye during the inquisition. Both the Ottomans and Dutch had a common enemy: the Spanish.

The Dutch wanted freedom of religion. They preferred the islamic Ottoman above the Catholic Spanish. When the Geuzen relieved the city of Leiden in 1574, they had Turkish flags on their ships. They also carried token in the shape of a crescent moon, with “Better Turkish than Pope” slogans on it.

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