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Spanish Armada, engagement off Plymouth. Third in a sequence of narrative maps showing the story of the Spanish Armada, an attempted invasion of England by a Spanish fleet in 1588. This map shows the English fleet (red) engaging the much larger Spanish fleet (black) near Plymouth on 31 July 1588. The skirmish (upper left) was followed by the English pursuing the Armada (lower right). This series of eleven maps was drawn by Robert Adams, engraved by Augustine Ryther, and published in London in 1590. They were dedicated to the English admiral Lord Howard, who described the events shown, and they include both his coat of arms and those of Queen Elizabeth I. The prevailing wind direction is shown next to the compass rose.
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