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THE UNFORTUNATE ARMADA

YOU’VE PROBABLY HEARD OF THE ARMADA –THE FLEET OF SHIPS SENT BY SPAIN TO INVADE ENGLAND. BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SURVIVORS OF THE ILL-FATED EXPEDITION? IT'S A STORY OF BRAVERY, ADVENTURE AND TRAGEDY.

From disaster at sea to terror on land – the fascinating story of the survivors of the Armada.

The Armada set off from Spain en route to England in 1588. About 130 ships of the “Great and Most Fortunate Armada” set out to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I, the Protestant ruler of England and a rival of Spain. The plan was devised by King Phillip II of Spain.

QUEEN ELIZABETH I
KING PHILLIP II

The idea was for the Armada to pick up 30,000 soldiers stationed in the Spanish Netherlands. From there, they were going to invade England and smash its influence in Europe and the New World. However, the English defeated the Spanish in the Battle of Gravelines by attacking the fleet with fire ships. The Spanish ships were then chased up the east coast of England as far as Scotland. They now faced a long and dangerous journey home through the North Atlantic with an additional danger: the rugged west coast of Ireland. The battle was over but their problems were only really beginning.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (192) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: Learn 21 phrasal verbs with the verb “to get”. Plus, 12 useful words and expressions for talking about the body, 10 expressions for describing body language, 6 useful expressions for talking about the phone, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Psychology – liars. • Culture – pets. • Speaking – how to speak English. • Grammar – the present perfect & past simple. • Travel – Denver, Colorado. • TV – late night shows. • Actors – Jamie Foxx & Jennifer Aniston. • The USA – bounty hunters. • History – mutiny on the Bounty. • Transport – road rage. • Food – tuna pasta. • The past – the Spanish Armada. • Accents – the Black Country accent. • Health – unusual exercise routines. • Language – irony. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!