Battle of Bayona Islands (1590)

Battle of Bayona Islands (1590)
Part of the Eighty Years' War and the Anglo-Spanish War (1585–1604)

Photography of the Cies Islands by Alberto Pérez.
DateEarly 1590
LocationOff Bayona Islands, Atlantic Ocean
Result Spanish victory[1][2]
Dutch Republic United Provinces
Commanders and leaders
Unknown Pedro de Zubiaur
14 ships[2] 3 flyboats[2]
Casualties and losses
14 ships captured (7 ships boarded)[3][4]
(Flagship boarded and captured)[2]

The Battle of Bayona Islands, also known as the Battle of Bayona Bay, was a naval engagement that took place in early of 1590, off Bayona Islands (present-day Cíes Islands), near Bayona (or Baiona) and Vigo, Spain, between a small Spanish naval force commanded by Captain Don Pedro de Zubiaur, and an Anglo-Dutch flotilla of 14 ships, during the Eighty Years' War, and in the context of the Anglo-Spanish War (1585–1604) and the French Wars of Religion.[2][4] After several hours of hard combat, the Spanish naval force composed by three flyboats, achieved a great success, and the Anglo-Dutch fleet was totally defeated.[4] The flagship of the Dutch was boarded and captured, including another six ships more.[4] Finally, the rest of the Dutch fleet was forced to surrender.[2][5]

Shortly after, Pedro de Zubiaur arriving at Ferrol, along with the captured ships, with great surprise for the Spanish authorities of the port.[2][4]

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  1. Rincones De Historia Española. Arsenal/Prado p.166
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Extractos de las juntas celebradas por la Real Sociedad Bascongada p.79
  3. Arsenal/Prado p.166
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 Gracia Rivas, Manuel. En el IV Centenario del fallecimiento de Pedro Zubiaur, un marino vasco del siglo XVI. Itsas Memoria. Untzi Museo Naval. San Sebastián 2006. p.161
  5. Rincones De Historia Española. Arsenal/Prado p. 166


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