Well, dear John... it was not the case when Don Juan de Águila and Don Carlos de Amésquita landed in England... Cornwall, 1595Or - those who did make landfall got stripped and murdered by those nasty villagers
Sure... not "scatterd like the actual one" in Kensay... where Spaniards lost not even one skirmish..... also "actual one"... right?They didn't actually land anyone except for a few in single ships in random places accidently who were killed or taken prisoner. The Spanish needed to control the Channel and be able to land like 10,000 men in one place and then send over more men and supplies. A larger initial force would have been worse if it got scattered like the actual one.
Maybe there were too many soldiers in the Armada rather than too few. The Spanish navy needed to first defeat the English navy for the plan to work. I don't understand how the Armada managed to land no one as planned at Ramsgate. Instead of landing a short distance across the Channel the whole Armada took a disasterous cruise around the British Isles. A larger force would have made it more difficult to win at sea and could have just meant more ship wreck casualties.
I agree with you Betgo... Santa Cruz plan was direct attack from Spain to first English Coast.... So I guess 80.000 men landing in Cornwall. London is further aways... but once you have landed... you can go forward in different directions. The Army had the supplies for 9 month-campaign... around 100.000 rations a day.. so around 27 millions rations were ready.The Armada's planned landing site at Ramsgate is less than 30 kilometers from Canterbury Cathedral and a little over 100 kilometers from London. Probably the plan was to quickly take Canterbury and then march on London. I assume this was the seat or whatever you call it of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the highest ranking Anglican clergyman. An earlier Archbishop of Canterbury St. Thomas a Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral for defending the rights of the Church. The Archbishop of Canterbury was the senior clergyman in medieval times. There was a cardinal for a short time before the break with Rome.
The Spanish conducting a Latin mass in Canterbury Cathedral would have shocked many English and making another Archbishop of Canterbury martyr would not have been a good idea.
The Spanish probably landed in Cornwall partly because the 1549 Prayer Book Rebellion started there, so the Spanish thought it had many Catholics. The change from the Latin mass under Edward VI was offensive in Cornwall because Cornish was the main language there. The rebels asked for a return to the religious practices under Henry VIII. They wanted their festivals, pilgrimages and so on. They did not ask for the restoration of Roman Catholicism. The strongly Catholic areas, however, were mostly in the north and west of England, where it would not be as practical to land.
This is part of the problem with the Spanish approach with the Armada. They didn't have to contend with the Aztec or Inca navy or artillery. Portugal and Spain were the first with overseas empire, and it was relatively easy for Europeans to overwhelm native defences. It wasn't so easy to conquer in Europe. Spain had a chance to conquer England, but it was in no way a sure thing... And yes... he would have conquered England... as Pizarro conquered El Piru...not in vain... Spanish Tercios fought in England and Scotland... (Tercio de Don Julián Romero).... So.... 100.000 spanish soldiers in England.... simply... a word...untouchable. (
Well you are making 2 assumptions:How not... Mr Willempie ... I wrote SANTA CRUZ.... planned the direct invasion from Spain to England... shipping the forces in Spain... 100.000 men and 700 ships... I wrote in this forum the forces... I can write here the original records written by SANTA CRUZ.... how was the plan... Are you saying Santa Cruz´s plan was not a direct attack to England? Because remember... everything I write I can proved it... and you know...
100.000 men shipping in Spain... straight on England...But unfortunately.. Santa Cruz died in 1588 and Santa Cruz plan was rejected by Philip sooner.
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