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The Spanish-Portuguese Armada at the Coast of Brazil, January 1640. Battle at the Downs, October 1639.

Caspar van Baerle

in The History of Brazil under the Governorship of Count Johan Maurits of Nassau, 1636–1644

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036649
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036649.003.0009
The Spanish-Portuguese Armada at the Coast of Brazil, January 1640. Battle at the Downs, October 1639.

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A Spanish fleet set sail for Brazil, intending to oust the Dutch and recapture Brazil for themselves. Count Maurits' leadership enabled the Dutch to disperse the Spanish fleet and force a victory by depriving the Spanish of drinking water. This chapter tells the story first from the perspective of the Dutch before switching to the viewpoint of the Spanish.

Keywords: fleet; recapture; water; Spanish; Brazil; victory

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Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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