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Elizabeth I inherited the throne of England from her father, Henry VIII, in 1558. 1) She had restored religious peace to her country by returning her kingdom to Protestantism. She established a national church and then a state church which could be accepted by both moderate Catholics and moderate Protestants. 2) Under her reign, England began building an American Empire as a new source of income. Colonies strengthened England economically but this income did not carry over to Queen Elizabeth I.
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