First Union of Brussels
   An agreement by the Estates-General drafted on 9 January 1577, the First Union of Brussels continued the Pacification of Ghent (6 November 1576), the alliance concluded by the 17 provinces of the Netherlands to drive the Spanish from the country during the wars of religion. By reaffirming their unity of purpose, the provinces sought to compel the new governor-general, Don John of Austria, to recognize their demands.
   See also Second Union of Brussels.

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