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Galicia re-enacts its 'Battle of Britain'
27 August 2019 @ 16:51

Anyone who found themselves in Ferrol on mainland Spain's far north-western tip this weekend would have been plunged into cannon and rifle fire and surrounded by soldiers – but no armed conflict has been declared anywhere in Spain, so it clearly must have something to do with a summer fiesta.

For the last 30 years, Ferrol (A Coruña province) has re-enacted the historic British invasion of Galicia, when the townspeople staked out in the Brión mountains to defend their territory.

Dressed in typical soldier costume from the year 1800, participants travel by boat to San Felipe Castle just as they did 219 years ago on August 25 ahead of the confrontation.

Back then, Ferrol was in the middle of its Reina María Luisa patron saint fiestas when 100 British ships docked in its port with the intention of destroying arsenals of weapons held by the gallego people.




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toolman2 said:
09 November 2019 @ 14:23

This is not something I remember from my history lessons. Did we loose? That would be why it is never taught. I think I will research this and find out more about it.
Many thanks.

toolman2 said:
09 November 2019 @ 14:39

Yep, I just read on Wiki that the Brits had their *rses kicked and we scuttled away with our tails between our legs. No wonder it is not mentioned in any history lessons. However, it seems it might have been to prevent the French from getting hold of the arsenals as we had quite a time of getting rid of them back to France, with the help of the Spanish and the Portuguese of course. (Not that the English had any ulterior motive?)

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