João Vaz and Luis Falcão da Fonseca
On 28 May 1588, the Spanish Armada set sail from Lisbon and headed for the English Channel. It was to be destroyed by the British, under Sir Francis Drake. Probably less well known, another Armada – known as the English Counter-Armada - was sent against Spain one year later, with funding by Queen Elizabeth I, various nobles and the Dutch. It was again led by Sir Francis Drake as Admiral. Troops were landed in Peniche together with D. Antonio, the Prior of Crato, and marched on Lisbon.but failed to drive home the advantage England had won in 1588, and failed to capture sufficient bounty to offset the high costs incurred. Recriminations followed Drake’s return home.
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