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Colonial America

How did England's confrontation with Spain set up England for colonial expansion?


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November 12, 2008 2:39PM

England had the superior navy. For more, see A. T. Mahan. It's a book from more than a century ago. Also England had mastered the use of the cannon and her warships were smaller but more agile than the heavy galleons of the Spanish Armada. When the Armada was dispersed, it created a power vacuum in the seas, paving the way for England's colonization of North America.