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Spanish Armada
General information
Founder

King Ferdinand II

Leader

Admiral

Notable members

The Spaniard
Maldonado
Hernán Cortés
Francisco Pizarro
Juan Ponce de León
Joaquin Da Saldanha
Carrera de la Vega
Gilligan

Ships

Spaniard's fleet
Centurion
Spanish Blood Scourge
Spanish Cerberus
Spanish Shadow Crow
Prowler
Santiago

Headquarters

Madrid
Cádiz

Locations

San Miguel
Cuba
Cutthroat Isle (formerly)
Florida
Hispaniola
Jamaica
Isla Muelle
Isla Tesoro
Isla De La Avaracia

Other information
Affiliation

King Ferdinand VI
Kingdom of Spain
Spaniard's crew

Behind the scenes
First appearance

Pirates of the Caribbean (game)

Latest appearance

On Stranger Tides

"What is THIS? Could two lone pirates have bested the pride of the Spanish Armada?"
Don Carrera de la Vega to Jack Sparrow and Will Turner[src]

The Spanish Royal Navy, also known as Armada Española or Spanish Armada, was the naval armed force of the Spanish Empire and one of the oldest active naval forces in the world. Most notably under the reign of King Ferdinand, the Spanish Armada was responsible for a number of major historic achievements in navigation. For several centuries it played a crucial logistical role in the Spanish Empire and defended a vast trade network across the Atlantic Ocean between the Americas and Europe and across the Pacific Ocean between Asia and the Americas. The Spanish Armada was the most powerful maritime force in the world in the 16th and early 17th centuries. Reform under the Bourbon dynasty improved its logistical and military capacity in the 18th century, for most of which Spain possessed the world's third largest navy.

History

Origin

"Typical arrogant Spaniards. As if the East India Trading Company isn't trouble enough, now we have to deal with the regular Spanish navy everywhere and Spanish pirates as well."
Jack Sparrow to his crew[src]

The Spanish Royal Navy was organized immediately after the Spanish discovery of the New World in 1492. When other nations of Europe started to make colonies in the Americas, a Spanish Treasure Fleet was organized to safely transport silver and gold from the Caribbean to Spain.

In 1588, the Spanish King Philip II attempted to invade England, but his fleet, called the Invincible Armada, was defeated by the English Navy squadron led by several notorious English sea rovers, Francis Drake among them.

In the 1630s, the Spanish Royal Navy in the Caribbean was lead by admiral Joaquin Da Saldanha.[1] Twenty years later, sensing the decline of Spanish power, the English dictator, Oliver Cromwell, initiated the Anglo-Spanish War (1654). The English Royal Navy inflicted several defeats on the Spanish Armada in the Caribbean, and helped England seize the island of Jamaica. This was to be the beginning of minor losses of islands to other powers in the Caribbean, that were used as bases for attacks on Spanish New World towns and shipping by English, French and Dutch pirates and privateers.

18th century

"Are we at war with the Spanish?"
"...Evidently.
"
Will Turner and Jack Sparrow[src]

At the beginning of the 18th century, a prominent member of the Spanish Royal Navy was Admiral Maldonado, who led the armada of a hundred ships and mercilessly hunted pirates in the Caribbean. However, his ruthless campaign gave rise to one of the most notorious pirates in the Caribbean, Captain James Sterling.[2]

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The Spaniard's fleet of three galleons.

During the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), Spain was an ally of France, but that didn't stop British privateers led by Benjamin Hornigold and Edward Teach to capture Spanish merchant ships in the Caribbean. The Franco-Spanish alliance was dissolved a few years after the war. In 1720, during the War of the Quadruple Alliance, the Spanish Royal Navy attempted to capture New Providence, the seat of the British power in the Bahamas. However, the attack was repelled by local militia, which was composed mainly of former pirates.

Quest for the Shadow Gold

In the early 1730s, the Spanish Royal Navy made a deal with the Spanish Pirate Lord, Eduardo Villanueva, who promised them that he'll drive out the English and the French from the Caribbean forever. He also promised that he'll sink every pirate ship in the Caribbean.[3] But that plan was ruined by another Pirate Lord, Jack Sparrow, who stole the gold with which the Spanish intended to pay Villanueva.

A few months later, the Spanish Royal Navy participated in the battle for the Shadow Gold, controlled by the alchemist known as the Shadow Lord. The Shadow Lord was defeated, and so was the Spanish fleet. After the battle, the Spanish princess Carolina took one of the Spanish ships for herself and named it the Sparrow, in honor of her former captain, the Pirate Lord Jack Sparrow.[4]

The Condenados

A pair of identical warships was built for the Spanish Navy, the San Pablo and the San Miguel. The two ships were the pride of Spanish Navy, but during the night of the full moon, both ships disappeared without a trace. However, according to legends, the vanished ships would reappear from time to time, pursuing other ships, and every pursuit would end with the sinking of every captured vessel. Because of these legends, the San Pablo and the San Miguel became known as the Condenados, the Damned.[5]

Threat of a sea god

"The Delfin was chartered as a fishing vessel... Now why would the Armada unleash hell on a ship under its own flag, hmm?"
Hector Barbossa[src]

During the Hector Barbossa's quest to lift the Aztec curse, the Spanish Armada managed to capture Palaimon, the Greek sea god who fed on human souls. Trapped and shackled, Palaimon was taken aboard the fishing vessel Delfin. However, he managed to devour the souls of the ship's crewmen, and the rest of the ships in the fleet opened fire on the Delfin, destroying it completely.[6]

War of Garcia and Pierre

In the 1740s, a privateer war erupted between the French colony of Ille D'Etable De Porc and Isla De La Avaricia, a war which cost the Spanish Royal Navy many of its ships. The sunken ships were later raised from their watery graves by an undead pirate captain Jolly Roger. They were later organized into the Spanish Ghost Fleet, commanded by Roger's minions.[7] However, despite these losses, the Spanish Royal Navy remained a powerful force in the Caribbean.

Quest for the Fountain of Youth

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Spanish soldiers at Fort San Miguel.

"I have a report. The Spanish have located the Fountain of Youth. I will not have some melancholy Spanish Monarch—a Catholic—gain eternal life!"
King George[src]

In 1750, upon gaining possession of the ship's log of Ponce de León, King Ferdinand VI sent The Spaniard and his loyal crew of the Spanish Armada in a quest for the Fountain of Youth. Throughout the quest, the Spaniard's fleet sailed past the HMS Providence, captained by privateer Hector Barbossa, and made camp in the abandoned Fort San Miguel, where they examined the Chalices of Cartagena and dealt with Barbossa and pirate Jack Sparrow. Ultimately, the quest was successful for the Spanish, who managed to destroy the Fountain.[8]

Symbols

Modern Flag of Spain

The flag of Spain

The most prominent symbol of the Spanish Royal Navy was the Flag of Spain, which was usually flown from the mainmasts of the Spanish ships.[8] Another flag, known as the Cross of Burgundy, was used in the time of war. The ships also flew pennants of different colors. Aside from that, the sails of the Spanish Navy ships were often decorated with the coat of arms of the Spanish Monarchy, or with the great Catholic cross and the lion from the coat of arms of León.[8]

Notable vessels

Nemesis vs SRN

A battle between the Spanish ship of the line and the pirate ship Nemesis.

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