Sunday, July 29, 2012

On July 29

Íñigo Vélez, Count of Oñate
On this day in ...
... 1617 (395 years ago today), Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria ratified the Acuerdo de Oñate with Spain's counterpart in the House of Habsburg. Named after the Vienna-based Spanish diplomat at right, who negotiated it, this secret Treaty of Oñate used promises of marriage and succession to divvy up disputed territories in Europe's western regions.

(Prior July 29 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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