A further persecution of Christians in Uea, during 1875, called forth a protest from the British government.
Under the persecution, a large number were killed, and between four and five millions of Protestants left the country.
Holland from the moment that it joined the union of Utrecht (1579) deliberately set its face against religious persecution (Jewish Encyclopedia, i.
From all centres the leading motives of exploration were probably the same - commercial intercourse, warlike operations, whether resulting in conquest or in flight, religious zeal expressed in pilgrimages or missionary journeys, or, from the other side, the avoidance of persecution, and, more particularly in later years, the advancement of knowledge for its own sake.
Even the stormy days of the last persecution yielded some considerable writers, such as Methodius in the East and Lactantius in the West.