Battle of Gravelines - Formations

Battle of Gravelines - Formations Geography Social Studies Tragedies and Triumphs World History Visual Arts

The Battle of Gravelines, which took place during the Spanish Armada's attempt to invade and conquer England, was a victory for the British. A scene from that battle is depicted here, in Nicholas Hilliard's artistic interpretation.

The BBC tells us more about this particular naval engagement between English and Spanish ships:

On the night of 7 August, English fireships broke the Spanish formation, and Medina Sidonia's ships "scattered in a thousand directions." Until then, the English had not dared to properly engage with the Armada. Even now, they hesitated long enough before opening fire for the Spaniards to form a fighting rearguard, in the teeth of a strong current that claimed two ships and threatened to drive the rest onto the shore.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Jul 18, 2018

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Image of Nicholas Hilliard's painting, "The Battle of Gravelines, 1588," online via Wikimedia Commons.  Public Domain.


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