1588 and All That

The Spanish Armada

by Colin Martin and Geoffrey Parker

The Armada

by Garrett Mattingly
Most of the great naval events that excited the imagination of contemporaries and have retained their hold were battles named after a nearby landfall or a stretch of water: Lepanto, Quiberon Bay, Trafalgar, Jutland, Midway. “Armada” simply means battle fleet. The Spanish Armada, or, simply, Armada, refers not to an …