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The Return of the ArmadasThe Last Years of the Elizabethan War against Spain 1595-1603$
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R. B. Wernham

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204435

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204435.001.0001

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The Cadiz Expedition Gets Away

The Cadiz Expedition Gets Away

(p.82) VI The Cadiz Expedition Gets Away
The Return of the Armadas

R. B. Wernham

Oxford University Press

Queen Elizabeth I's remarked to the Duke of Bouillon that she would have diverted the Earl of Essex and Charles Howard with their army to France had it not been for the outcry this would have caused. For during a great part of May 1596 it was by no means certain that Queen Elizabeth would allow the expedition to sail. At first, it is true, the loss of Calais appeared to have little effect upon its prospects. Howard gathered the Queen's ships and some others in the Downs on April 20 and Essex rode off to Plymouth on April 25, having sent Sir Francis Vere on ahead of him. The twenty-four Dutch ships, eighteen of them men of war, and the English troops aboard the Dutch transports had passed Dover, also on their way to Plymouth. A draft was prepared detailing England's plan to send a navy to the seas for the war with Spain.

Keywords:   Elizabeth I, England, Spain, navy, expedition, Duke of Bouillon, Earl of Essex, Charles Howard, France, Plymouth

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