Geuzen (Dutch pronunciation: [ɣøːzə(n)]; French: Les Gueux, English: the Beggars) was a name assumed by the confederacy of Calvinist Dutch nobles and commoners, who from 1566 opposed Spanish rule in the Netherlands. The most successful group of them operated at sea, and so were called Watergeuzen (Dutch pronunciation: ˈʋaːtərɣøːzə(n)]; French: Gueux de mer, English: Sea Beggars). In the Eighty Years’ War, the Capture of Brielle by the Watergeuzen in 1572 provided the first foothold on land for the rebels, who would conquer the northern Netherlands and establish an independent Dutch Republic. They can be considered either as privateers or pirates, depending on the circumstances or motivations.
The Spanish Duke of Alva imposed the so called ‘Blood Law’ and asked 10% extra tax, killed the non-katholics and attacked protestant towns. The Beggars started the attack on Brielle (pronounced [ˈbrilə]), also called Den Briel (Brill in English) and with that a revolution.
Within our capitalistic society today there is a constant demand for money. The lords are in control. Having money is making it and when its gone, you pay the fine. More is needed to pay a salary of a lord, less is needed to pay ten of you. We are Moneybeggars. They need more and we have to pay, what can we do against such a mighty opponent? Give for a coin! Download the free coin on Moneybeggar.com. Show your coin and ask for a gesture of compassion. Show your coin and tell friends from foe, we are Beggars! If you have something to spare, trade it for the coin. You might need the Beggarcoin later… With that gesture we might be able to help our fellow Beggar in need. If the coin is traded for something with value we can print our own money and trade within our own neighborhoods and society’s. And maybe, like the Beggars in the sixteenth century, start a revolution.