Honour - Santa Cruz 1657
Santa Cruz is in the Canary Islands. An English squadron under
General-at-Sea Robert Blake had been blockading the port of Cadiz when word
was received that a Spanish treasure fleet from the West Indies had arrived
at Santa Cruz.
Blake took his ships to the Canaries and arrived off Santa Cruz on 20-April where 16 Spanish treasure galleons lay in the well fortified harbour.
Entry to the harbour was forced and the Spanish fleet destroyed. The English ships then withdrew, having captured five Spanish ships and with 11 more burned or blown up.
The English lost 60 killed and HMS Speaker was so badly damaged she had to be towed home.
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