ENGLISH AR­MADA

SPRING - JUNE 1589

History of War - - ELIZABETHAN WARS -

In re­sponse to the failed Span­ish in­va­sion, the English send their own ‘ar­mada’ to the Ibe­rian Penin­sula in 1589 to spread chaos in oc­cu­pied Por­tu­gal. How­ever, low sup­plies lead to a dis­as­trous march to Lis­bon. The English re­turn home with the hu­mil­i­at­ing loss of 40 ships and 15,000 men.

María Pita was a Span­ish hero­ine of the siege of A Coruña, who killed an English stan­dard­bearer after her hus­band was shot by a cross­bow

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