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...a Catholic power at the expense of their heretic Queen. The initial plans for invasion were interrupted while the Marquis of Santa Cruz was making plans for amassing a fleet, which planned to be comprised of 500 ships, carrying 60,000 soldiers for an invasion of England until Sir Francis Drake attacked Cadiz in April of 1587 . In Cadiz Drake destroyed 24 ships and a quantity of stores before making his way to Cape St. Vincent where he attacked Spanish shipping and captured a large quantity of barrel-staves, which were necessary for holding provisions for the soldiers while on the open seas . The purpose of Drake’s raid on Cadiz was not to capture the territory; rather it was to delay the Armada’s intended invasion from 1587 to 1588. By delaying the formation of the Armada, Drake bought England enough time to prepare a defensive fleet in preparation for an invasion.
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