PLANNING AND TACTICS – FORCE MULTIPLIERS? (670 WORDS) The Spanish Armada could have succeeded, the plan was simple and could have been effective. The Spanish had the strongest army in Europe and the English defences were not exactly good. All the Spanish had to do was get to the Dundirk pick up the armies, take them to Kent, March to London and dismiss the Queen Elizabeth. This plan was very simple, but could have been deadly operation if it had worked.
King Philip II floating fortress of invincible ships sailed up and across the English Channel hoping to ambush and conquer the British fleet, but not all was satisfied and accomplished in King Philip’s indomitable plan. The defeat of the Spanish Armada is one of the most talked about naval accomplishments in British history, because at the time the Spanish Empire had complete control over trade routes and products. They were the rulers of the known world. They were feared by the public and were seen as a notorious empire that conquered wherever they went. However their perfect,invincible image crumbled when Protestant England, under Queen Elizabeth’s rule, rose to power in the mid 1500s.
The war has left a long term effect on both sides that involved in the war. Both Spain and the United States were truly impacted by the war because the war happened unexpectedly. The Spanish-American War was not started by one event alone, but with the accumulation many events which caused the war to explode. It started with the event surrounding USS Maine, was a "second class" battleship built up for the U.S. Navy. Spain sent General “Butcher” Weyler to control the situation in Cuba, so America sent the navy battleship called
1.) The Spanish Armada was a fleet of 130 Spanish ships with the purpose of escorting an army from Flanders to invade England and undermine Protestant resistance. The Spanish Armada was significant because it was the largest fleet ever assembled and for the English the defeat of the Armada made it a celebrate victory that made Sir Francis Drake even more of a hero. 2.) The Huguenots were French Protestants inspired by the writings of John Calvin, who endorsed the reformed tradition of Protestantism.
What made this conquest of the new land even possible, were the vast advantages the Spanish had compared to the native tribes of the land. The Spanish had better technology than the natives of the land, along with the carrying of diseases, and having very good diplomacy skills. These advantage overall led to the downfall of the natives and the success of the conquistadors. The Spanish came to the land with technology new to the native tribes. One technology advancements were the swords carried by the Spanish Soldiers.
Spanish-American War As America climbed the ranks to become an imperial powerhouse, conflicts with Spain arose. Many factors contributed to the inevitable war that broke out in 1898; five key causes are believed to have initiated the Spanish-American War, more so than others. America saw the Cuban people as harshly governed, and wished to aid them in their time of need. Journalism infamous for stirring controversy and creating conflict was convincing Americans that their enemy was irrefutably the Spanish. Cuba’s location in the Pacific was glowing with opportunities for not only business, but also strategic military.
In Spain, the royalty and the venturesome citizens had something in common; a desire for gold and power. The conquistadors of the Spanish Conquest obliterated ancient Native American nations in The Americas using weapons, strategies, and other occurrences. Whilst the goals of the Spaniards may not have been remarkably vicious, they ended up completely leveling progressive nations and spoiling decades or more of advancements in everything from mathematics to philosophy. My research has brought upon three topics: the goals of the Spanish Conquest, the stories of the Native American empires, and the destruction of said empires. As has been noted, the Spanish conquistadors wanted gold and exorbitant commodities.
France and Britain could draw men from the colonies while Russia had the largest army at the beginning of the war. Germany itself didn't have superior numbers but its army was far more equipped, well trained and organized more than its contemporaries. More men equaled more prolonged battles. Only the separate peace from Russia and inclusion of America in the war tipped the balance in the favor of the Entante. While the land battles took their toll on the manpower of countries, severely depleting it, the navy was more of a hindrance to enemies.
During this time, Spain used brutal measures in stopping the rebellion, and various sensational newspapers in the United States showed this, leading to Americans developing sympathy for the Cuban rebels. The aim of this essay is discussing the Spanish-American War, looking at the causes of the war, the winner, as well as the consequences. The war began as Cuba struggled to gain its independence from Spain. Through this time, the U.S journalists published the brutal ways Spain used in fighting the Cubans. The U.S thus developed a growing interest in coming up with an intervention for saving the Cubans from the brutality of Spain.
However, the tables turned when Spanish surrendered to the U.S., which was holding the capital at the time, instead of the Filipino rebels, who were holding much of the surrounding area. The U.S. acquired Guam, the Philippines, and Puerto Rico from the Spanish at the expense of the independence of the Filipinos (The Philippine-American War, 12/11/17). The final example of America exploiting other governments happened in Cuba. After the Spanish-American War, Cuba had been left in shambles and plunged into chaos. America used the power it gave itself in the Monroe Doctrine and Roosevelt Corollary to come into Cuba and set up a military government (America’s Changing Foreign Policy, 12/4/17).