Spanish Armada

Spanish Armada

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  • The Spanish Armada left habour in a crescent shape formation and set sail for Calais, along the English Channel.
  • The Duke spotted the ships from Plymouth Hoe but knew he wouldn't be able to get his ships out of habour as the tide was high, so he just continued what they were doing.
  • The English saw them coming and sent a fleet out to attack them but because the Spanish formation was too good, they could never get close enough to do real damage. They went on for a week like this.
  • When they arrived at Calais, the Armada anchored but unfortunately Parma was not ready. His army was 50km away fighting the Dutch. It was then that the English chose to strike.
  • They sent burning ships towards the Armada and the Spanish saw them and they all knew that fire was a big hazard for wood so they paniced. Some cut there anchors and others got out of the way, breaking thier formation. They then had a small battle and since the Spanish ships were not designed to fight on sea they had to escape.
  • The weather did the rest of the work as the Armada hit a storm near the cost of Scotland. Some ships were desroyed and others returned to Spain. This meant that the English were victorious.
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