Saturday, 20 June 2015

Mini History Blogs: Spanish Armada 8th August 1588

Threatened by a fleet of Spanish wars ships  at the beginning of August  Queen Elizabeth I delivered her most famous speech at Tilbury on the 8th August 1588.

An Armada, is the Spanish word for a battle fleet, in 1588 an armada of ships prepared to invade England, defeat its armies and depose Queen Elizabeth. 

The Spanish fleet consisted of around 
"130 ships, 8,000 sailors and 18,000 soldiers, 1,500 brass guns and 1,000 iron guns."

Spain at this time was one of the wealthiest and most powerful in the world. England in comparison was much weaker, both economically and militarily and being a Protestant nation on Elizabeth's accession the country lacked powerful allies. 

The story of Elizabeth's speech and how we came to be quoting it 427 years later is in my blog. Please click on the link. 

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