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Sir Francis Drake commanded a fleet against King Phillip I of Portugal in support of D. António, Prior do Crato

1589

Sir Francis Drake commanded a fleet for an invasion against King Phillip II of Spain, now also King of Portugal, in support of a small army led by the Pretender to the Portuguese throne, the illegitimate D. António, Prior do Crato. The army disembarked at Peniche but found the gates of Lisbon closed to “these heretics”. After skirmishes, they eventually retired to Cascais, where Drake awaited them, having looted the town.

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