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ings, and seeing the impress of his footsteps on the surface of the ocean — it may be ell to consult experience.
The naval power of Spain under Philip II.
was almost unlimited.
With the treasures of India and America at his command, the fitting out of a fleet of one hundred and fifty or two hundred sail, to invade another country, was no very gigantic operation.
Nevertheless, this naval force was of but little avail as a coast defence.
Its efficiency for this purpose was well tested in 1596. England and Holland attacked Cadiz with a combined fleet of one hundred and seventy ships, which entered the Bay of Cadiz without, on its approach to their coast, being once seen by the Spanish navy.
This same squadron, on its return to England, passed along a great portion of the Spanish coast without ever meeting with the slightest opposition from the innumerable Spanish floating defences.
In 1744, a French fleet of twenty ships, and a land force of twenty-two thousand men, sailed from