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The Spanish Armada The Spanish Armada was a fleet of armed ships that attempted to invade England in the year of 1588 This Spanish Fleet had at one time been called the Invincible Armada supposedly because the Spaniards thought it could not be defeated World book Multimedia Encyclopedia The Spanish Fleet consisted of over 130 ships and more than 29000 men most were soldiers Many of the ships were low in weapons and experienced soldiers that could work these weapons others were low in ammunition King Phillip named the Duke of Medina Sidonia to command the Armada During the 1500s the Spanish were thought to have had a dominating Navy until in 1588 when they were defeated by the English The English received word of the Spanishs activities and armed many of its merchant vessels and added them to its warships Englands fleet was made up of about 197 ships and nearly 16000 men these men were mostly sailors rather than soldiers Admiral Lord Howard of Effingham commanded the fleet and his squadron leaders were Francis Drake John Hawkins and Martin Frobisher Francis Drake and John Hawkins were ordered many times to raid Spanish villages and ships to acquire more riches 2 The Spanish Armada left Lisbon Portugal on May 30 1588 and arrived at the English Channel on July 20 The ships were constantly battling for seven days straight There were long-range duels and soldiers were sent to burn the enemy ships and destroy their weapons On July 27 the Armada anchored at Calais France The Duke of Medina Sidonia had planned to meet barges carrying Spanish Troops from nearby Dunkerque a port in the Netherlands World book Multimedia Encyclopedia Unfortunately Dutch gunboats prevented the barges from meeting the Armada This act doomed the fleet to failure World book Multimedia Encyclopedia Early in the hours of July 29 the English sent eight vessels that were packed with gunpowder and were
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