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Carlos de Amesquita

Carlos de Amesquita (also Carlos de Amezola) was a Spanish naval officer from 16th century.

On August 2, 1595, and during the Anglo-Spanish War (1585), four Spanish galleys part of the Brittany Coast Guard , and commanded by de Amesquita, landed in Mount's Bay, Cornwall (England). De Amesquita and several hundred Spanish harquebusiers burned a village called Mousehole, went back on board, sailed two more miles, and then conquered and burned a fort at Penzance. Here they held mass and left back to Brittany, managing to avoid the counterattack by the English fleet, commanded by Francis Drake and John Hawkins.

De Amesquita's expedition was one of the few times when Spanish soldiers have disembarked in England. A second one was that of Fernando Sanchez de Tovar.

See also

Spanish Armada

External links

"The Spanish Raid on Mount's Bay", by John Barratt

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