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Anglo-Spanish War
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Anglo-Spanish War

The Anglo-Spanish War, caused by commercial rivalry, was fought between the English and the Spanish between 1654 and 1660.

During the war Admiral Robert Blake blockaded Cádiz, and in 1655 one of his captains, Richard Stayner destroyed most of the Spanish Plate Fleet. A galleon of treasure was captured, and the overall loss to Spain was estimated at £2,000,000.

In 1657, Blake won against the Spanish West Indian Fleet over the English seizure of Jamaica in the West Indies. On April 20 that year, Blake totally destroyed a Spanish silver fleet of 16 ships at Santa Cruz Bay, Tenerife for the loss of one ship, despite being under fire from shore batteries and attacking and withdrawing on the tide.

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