In what is known as the English Armada, Sir Francis Drake and Sir
John Norris undertake a counter-attack in response to the failed
Spanish Armada of the previous year. They make an expedition, with
150 ships and 18,000 men to Portugal, in support of Antonio Prior
of Crato, rival claimant to the throne which was seized by Philip
II of Spain in 1580. They destroy Corunna but fail to take Lisbon,
having lost many men to illness, and the attempt to win the
Portuguese throne for Don Antonio is ultimately a failure.
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Editors. "'English Armada:' Sir Francis Drake and Sir John Norris undertake an expedition to Portugal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
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