Trafalgar and the Spanish Navy


Histories of the Napoleonic Wars and the periods immediately before and after focus on British and French seapower. There is a widespread belief that the Spanish Navy ceased to have any importance after the defeat of the Armada in 1588 by a small force of British ships. The author attempts to straighten the record with a sympathetic review of Spanish warship design and construction, its officer corps, and naval infrastructure, concluding with the significance of the Battle of Trafalgar to Spain. Clear text and good illustration make this an interesting and rewarding read.

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