An analysis of the battle between the spanish armada and the british fleet in 16th century

After eight hours, the English ships began to run out of ammunition, and some gunners began loading objects such as chains into cannons. Castillo Negro sank off Ireland. Naples would fall to Spain several days later. A cousin of the renowned Sir Francis Drake and himself an accomplished mariner, Hawkins had gained considerable experience on the high seas when he began to voyage along the West African coast in the early s, where he learned of the Atlantic slave markets and the extraordinary prosperity conferred upon the Iberian traders who ran and partook in them.

Almost three times as much gold and silver were transported reliably and efficiently by Spain from the Americas in the s than in any decade prior. Both Spanish and English ships seem to have flown the red cross on a white background; the Spanish because Philip II considered the Armada to be a crusade to remove a heretic queen and the cross was the crusader emblem; the English because the cross of St George was the national emblem.

As a result of him snuffing out the lantern to slip away from the Spanish ships, the rest of his fleet became scattered and was in complete disarray by dawn. The battle ensued while the Spaniards used a portable bridge to travel from causeway to causeway.

Even in the event of permissive weather, the delay would likely enable the Spaniards to mount defenses in Portugal and possibly thwart interception of the treasure fleet.

The Battle Between The Spanish Armada And The British Fleet In 1588

The Spanish ships guarded and blocked many of the Atlantic sea lanes, not only denying access to South America and the Caribbean but frustrating settlement in North America. Once his army had conquered England, Phillip II would appoint a new king or assume the throne himself.

Parma could spare 16, men for the invasion of England from the war against the Dutch, including reinforcements sent to him from Italy and Spain. Recalde, his redoubtable second in command was carried from his ship and died soon afterwards, refusing to see family or friends.

Both England and Spain suffered together and, in an irony frequently borne of such situations, began to sympathize as only two fierce and unremitting enemies can. Spanish Armada June to September In the absence of confirmation from Parma that he would be at the rendezvous off Margate Head and with increasing evidence of their inability to neutralise the English fleet, Medina Sidonia and his senior officers resolved to meet Parma off the Flanders coast.

Fitzwilliam was never sure whether vessels coming ashore were from the Armada or a new Spanish descent specifically aimed at fomenting revolt in Ireland. Spanish Armada June to September That evening with the ebb tide Howard and six of his ships left Plymouth, sailing out into the Channel and heading west, followed the next morning by twenty to thirty more ships.

The English Armada still had the prospect of intercepting the Spanish treasure shipment in its collective sights. Spanish Armada June to September The Armada took three weeks to sail the miles from Lisbon to Cape Finisterre, a journey in which it was struck by disease, hunger and thirst.

Urca Duquesa Santa Ana was wrecked off the coats of Ireland.

Ireland and the Spanish Armada 1588

The costs of the Armada defense had nearly drained the Exchequer of its last pence, and financing an offensive operation in would not be a simple task.

Both sides possessed over vessels, sailed by over 50, oarsmen, and protected by over 25, soldiers. The English admirals remained fearful that the Armada would return from the North Sea and the fleet remained on alert for some six weeks.

Battle of Lepanto

The poor design of the Spanish cannon meant they were much slower in reloading in a close-range battle, allowing the English to take control. For understandable reasons, the political backers of the English Armada—Queen Elizabeth and Walsingham in particular—viewed the destruction of the Spanish fleet at Santander and San Sebastian as by far the most critical war aim.

In any case, arguments over the specifics of cost-sharing and troop provisions were at least partly smoothed out by a point of common financial interest among all parties. The English were already fighting in the Netherlands and Parma had first hand experience of the strength and determination of the country and its commitment to the Protestant faith.

The outbreak added bitter insult to the grievous injury that had long plagued the English military apparatus: With its superior manoeuvrability, the English fleet provoked Spanish fire while staying out of range.

However, this was a tactical defeat for the Armada, not a catastrophe — only 5 ships were lost, though many others were damaged.

The following year Elizabeth I launched the Counter Armadawith 23, men and ships under Sir Francis Drake but the English fleet suffered a catastrophic defeat with 11,—15, killed, wounded or died of disease [56] [57] [58] and 40 ships sunk or captured.

List of naval battles

This turned out to be a far more costly enterprise than the battle itself.e Battle Between the Spanish Armada and the British Fleet ~~ In the later part of the 16th century, Spain was the major international power and either ruled, colonized, or exercised influence over much of the known world.

Spanish power was at it's height and Spain's leader, King Philip II, pledged to conquer the Protestant heretics in England. It was called 'Invincible', the fleet of unprecedented size and strength.

His Armada consisted of about ships from his Mediterranean and Atlantic fleets, from the Portuguese navy and his allies, with as many as 8. The Repulse of the Spanish and the Invasion of the English Armada As is well-known, the Spanish Armada failed in its invasion quest, a debacle attributable primarily to some of the worst September storms witnessed by seafaring Atlantic mariners during the entire busy century of the s.

Why did the Spanish Armada lose to the British during the 16th century given that it was expected to win then? The Spanish fleet was partly scattered down the English channel and fled to just out Calais, where they were harassed by tiny light Dutch (who were allied with England) vessels, who prevented the Spanish from preparing their.

The Spanish Armada

Moreover, seizure of the ship by the English, provided the casus belli for a planned invasion of the British Isles. Battle of Gravelines. In May ofa Spanish Armada with over ships, 8, sailors, and 18, soldiers set sail for the Netherlands. This list of naval battles is a chronological list delineating important naval fleet battles.

Note 16th century Edit. March–May Cartagena de Indias - Decisive Spanish victory against a large British fleet during the War of Jenkins' Ear.

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