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Spanish Armada

Francis Drake (c. 1540—1596) pirate, sea captain, and explorer


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The contemporary English description of an operation against Cadiz in April 1587 by Sir Francis Drake. He commanded a naval squadron, which destroyed several Spanish ships and a vast quantity of stores being assembled for the invasion of England. The actual words were reported to have been said by Drake in jest after the exploit. See also spanish armada.

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