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1533, Apr 241555-15841584, Jul 10
the main leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs that set off the Eighty Years' War and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1581. He was born in the House of Nassau as Count of Nassau-Dillenburg. He became Prince of Orange in 1544 and is thereby the founder of the branch House of Orange-Nassau and the ancestor of the monarchy of the Netherlands. A wealthy nobleman, William originally served the Habsburgs as a member of the court of Margaret of Parma, governor of the Spanish Netherlands. Unhappy with the centralisation of political power away from the local estates and with the Spanish persecution of Dutch Protestants, William joined the Dutch uprising and turned against his former masters.
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07/06/1551-William the Silent weds countess Anna van Egmont in Buren
11/17/1555-William the Silent becomes member of Council of State 
01/27/1556-William the Silent becomes a knight in Order of the Golden Fleece 
08/09/1559-William the Silent becomes viceroy of Holland/Zealand/Utrecht 
02/22/1561-William the Silent appointed viceroy of Burgundy/Charolais 
08/25/1561-William the Silent marries duchess Anna of Saxon
12/31/1564-William the Silent demands freedom of conscience/religion 
04/11/1567-Dutch prince William the Silent flees from Antwerp to Breda 
01/24/1568-In Netherlands, Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alva, declares William the Silent an outlaw 
10/05/1568-William the Silent's army occupies Brabant 
06/09/1572-William the Silent's army occupies Gelderland 
07/18/1572-William the Silent recognized as viceroy of Holland/Friesland/Utrecht 
07/23/1572-William the Silent's troops occupy Roermond on the Spanjaarden 
10/28/1574-Prince William the Silent installs university 
06/24/1575-William the Silent marries Charlotte of Bourbon
03/15/1580-Spanish king Philip II puts 25,000 gold coins on head of prince William the Silent 
03/17/1580-Prince William the Silent welcomed in Amsterdam 
07/24/1581-States of Holland/Zealand recognized by William the Silent 
03/18/1582-Prince William the Silent injured in attack at Antwerp 
07/22/1582-William the Silent moves from Antwerp to Delft 
04/12/1583-William the Silent marries Louise de Coligny [s/b 4/24? -ed]
04/15/1595-William the Silent's daughter, Elisabeth of Nassau, marries duke Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne
06/05/1848-Statue of prince William the Silent unveiled 
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Emilia of Nassau
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Henriette Catherine of Nassau
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Louise Henriette of Nassau
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Manuel of Portugal
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Maurice of Orange
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Anna van Egmont
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Johan van Oldenbarnevelt
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William I
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