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The Downfall of the Spanish Armada in Ireland

The Downfall of the Spanish Armada in Ireland

Ken Douglas

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The Spanish Armada suffered one of their greatest defeats when they lost a battle to nature in The Irish Sea in 1588. Twenty four ships which had narrowly survived the defeat of the British navy were destroyed.

The English navy inflicted a narrow defeat on the Armada, but it was the Irish coast that encompassed its downfall. The course set for the retreating Armada would have given it a safety margin of 300 miles. But in the Atlantic they encountered continuous southerly winds and unknown ocean currents; they became separated and lost. Scattered groups descended on Ireland, arriving at seventeen different locations from Donegal to Kerry.

Many found shelter, but a few were lost by accidental grounding. On 21 September fourteen ships were destroyed by hurricane force winds. In all 24 ships were lost in Ireland and about 5,000 men died - far more than in the battles with the English fleet. The English navy inflicted a narrow defeat on the Armada, but it was the Irish coast that encompassed its downfall.

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Author Ken Douglas
Publisher Gill Books
Publication date 1 Sep 2010
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9780717148127

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