Spanish Armada Turning Point

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The Spanish Armada was a turning point in history because of the huge upset that occurred because of 3 main reasons which were the Spanish's poorly set up strategies, the English's well defended land and the timing and natural events that occurred during spain's attack. The Spanish Armada was a exciting event in history because it shows how even when all the odds are against you, you can still win. England less ships and far less men, but somehow managed to defeat the “Invincible” Spanish Armada with just a few fireships, long ranged weapons, and according to some, the help of god. The defeat of the Spanish Armada was a great phenomenon and upset that occurred in 1588. In the 16th century spain was the most powerful empire in europe with the…show more content…
Although the spanish had more men then the english ships, they were slower and not as well armed. The Spanish’s tactic was to sail up close to another ship and board the ship with force and make use of their numbers. The Spanish Armada is said to have consisted of 130 ships which held 20 galleons, 44 merchants, 1100 cannons, and 30,000 men. As great as the armada was, it had weaknesses. For example all of those heavy iron cannons slowed down the ships. Also another weakness was the lack of trained soldiers on the ship. The armada may have has 30,000 men, but not alot of them were trained. The armada travelled in a specific formation that resembled a crescent shape which was hard to attack. The only downfall was that the fleet was is different positions and were not able to attack at the same time. On July 21, 1588 The Spanish Armada was on its way through the English Channel, the Armada was attacked by long ranged weapons, The armada received damage and eventually on July 27 anchored in an exposed position off the coast of Calais, France. Two days later at midnight, England sent 8 fire ships out to the Armada, who quickly responded by cutting anchors and sailing away to avoid catching on fire. The panicked fleet was attacked at dawn and fought for 8 hours. The battle ended in a English victory and 7 spanish ships were…show more content…
The Spanish Armada began to journey to England in Mid-late June, but due to storms, the armada was held back. By the time the Spanish arrived at England on June 19, the English were armed and ready. On June 21 the Armada began to travel down english channel, but the English soldiers were waiting with long ranged heavy guns. The English slowly thinned down the Armada until on July 27, when the Armada anchored in the open off of Calais, France. After being chased by the fire ships and the rest of the English fleet, the Armada ran into another storm, which did not help even the slightest. Suffering from a lack of supplies and having just recently been attacked the Armada travelled on a long, hard journey back to Spain up all the way around Scotland and Ireland. The damaged ships did not survive the storms are most of them sank while others were pushed onto the coast of Ireland got either stuck or wrecked. By the time the Spanish Armada had returned home in October, half of the original fleet was lost and and around 15,000. The wind that had caused the spanish ships to blow northwards delaying the attack, and the storm that came after the attack are believed by some that it was a work of
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