The defreat of the Spanish Armada

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The Spanish naval fleet before being called “the invincible armada” was first used as protection for King Phillip II’s treasure that he was transporting from the Spanish colonies (The Treasure Fleets of the Spanish Main” pg 33- Robert Marx). He was brilliant when it came to his navy. The system that he created was called “flotas”, in each flota there were at least two galleons that were 400 tons and carried at least 10 or 12 cannons, and with the galleons sailed smaller ships called Pinks, Fly boats, Tartans, Sloops, and Pinnacles (The Treasure Fleets of the Spanish Main” pg 33- Robert Marx). These ships were called patches, which were mostly used as dispatch boats (The Treasure Fleets of the Spanish Main” pg 34- Robert Marx). Averia was the tax that King Phillip II passed in order to protect his treasure fleets from pirates and other countries that he had conflict with (The Treasure Fleets of the Spanish Main” pg 34- Robert Marx). The tax was also help up keep the Armada, because Queen Elizabeth of England was hiring pirates to intercept the Spanish treasure fleets (The Treasure Fleets of the Spanish Main” pg 34- Robert Marx). This is what led to King Phillip II creating what we know as the “invincible armada” and, his attempt to invade England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Armada). He would begin to form the greatest naval force known for that age. It contained well over 130 ships and at least 30,000 men (“The Spanish Armada” pg 89- Walter Buehr). The great fleet started to leave port on May 28, 1588; it took two days for every ship to actually set sail towards England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Armada). The Spanish were not fully prepared for what they were trying to accomplish, even though they had what seemed to be the greatest force known for that era. The ships in which they sent were mostly merchant ships converted into war galleons, given

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