Shakespeare's Sonnets by William Shakespeare

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Did the Spanish Armada's crew have notable sailing skills?

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They certainly did, so much so that the Armada nearly conquered England.

Shakespeare's Sonnet 107 may allude to the Armada. Scholars have argued that in line 5, "the mortal moon" refers to the Armada.

Also, in lines 7-8, the speaker says, "Incertainties now crown themselves assured,/And peace proclaims the endless age." The argument here is that the Armada has thrown England into crisis but the defeat has brought peace.

Here is an excerpt from a British history source which explains the purpose and impact of the Spanish Armada:

The Spanish sailed up the Channel in a crescent formation, with the troop transports in the centre. When the Spanish finally reached...

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