Anglo Spanish Navy

Posted By on February 3, 2014

Then we will defeat the Spanish. True or not, the following fact was that the English could do was to sea to engage the defence because time and the sea was shown against. In addition, rising tide and the breeze against the English favored the Spanish, who sailed to windward and with wind in favor. Inexplicably, Medina Sidonia, against the advice of his other commanders, ordered not to attack until the fleet was complete. According to historians, the untimely decision, which wasted a superb opportunity to destroy the English Armada, only can be understood extreme fidelity Guzman, who did not want to unauthorize the orders of the King. The direct conflagration had to wait until the 31st day, date in which the English fleet (which consisted of 226 ships of lesser tonnage, although similar in number of cannons) starts shy and fleetingly their attacks on the enemy ships. The Spaniards, whose superiority is noticeable, lost only two naves (San Salvador and the our Lady of the Rosary). Britons, no matter the two inflicted casualties, understand the immediate danger approaching. The higher tonnage and size of the Spanish ships gives them the sensation of facing an Armada and propagated only to return, the impressions of the fight. Queen Elizabeth, aware, sorts resist and enhance the coastal defenses. The Gravelines and the disaster. However, what did the British weapons (as he has always believed illusorily) atmospheric conditions did. On 2 August, at the height of the French city of Les Gravelines (Northwest of France and South-East of England), both armed have their first real intersection of fires. Only considering the immensity of the sea front, with a glacial cold penetrating into each boat, the English decided to fight with everything what they possessed. So, try to empty all its powerful arsenal to find the weak point but as It happened days earlier, great tonnage of ships of the Navy great barely suffers mella. The British, without being able to hide his AWE, embark on the leak. Back again in its ports, news of the Spanish Armada soon exceeded all forecasts. Isabel II, very worried, looking for ways to gain time. On the Spanish side, paradoxically, they not interpreted the flight English as a victory, but just as one skirmish. The large and Anglo Spanish Navy a certainly non-existent awaited greater retaliatory enemy and therefore they had planned to attack mass. In addition, if they now had a new goal, it was not the Navy itself, but the capture of Francis Drake, guilty of a series of attacks to Spanish colonies and territories. The result of the clash mentioned in the turbulent waters of the channel threw some 300 victims by Spanish part, against some 200 dead on the English side. But the worst was yet to begin. The whitewater soon became storms and then the storms. English and Spanish, suddenly had urgency of arriving ships in secure ports while it improved the time. The English, who were expecting only a miracle, had been added to their problems a series of disturbances for breach of payments that the Crown should make the sailors. Thus the things, Isabel I expected the worst. For its part, Felipe II, without knowing the situation, thoroughly expected for late August, the landing had already been made possible. It is Joaquin Toledo, specialist in universal history, with extensive experience in research on world conflicts and wars.

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