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Tudor Minute August 12: Spain Sails Away

 Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for August 12. 

Today in 1588 the dramatic several weeks of Spanish invasion came to an end when Commander of the English fleet Lord Howard of Effingham called off the chase of the Spanish Armada off the coast of Scotland. After the battle of Gravelines, the English had pursued the Spanish to ensure that they didn’t make landfall in England along the coast, and by early August the fleet was out of English waters. The English kept up the chase until it was clear that Spain was unable to land. As it was, they had to sail around the north of Scotland, ran into terrible storms, and lost most of their ships and men. 

That’s your Tudor Minute for today. Remember you can dive deeper into life in 16th century England through the Renaissance English History Podcast at


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