When Phillip of Spain launched the Armada to invade England, it was one of the greatest fleets ever launched in an invasion. Even though the fleet was ill prepared (more about that later), combined with the forces of the Duke of Parma, the English Navy did not have enough defences to stop it. But for the Great Storm ….. without which their would have been no British Empire. Spain would have probably gone on the conquer the world. India would have been a Spanish Colony, and Spanish would have been the primary language of the world. This blog would have been in Spanish. And perhaps India would have been Catholic and not primarily Hindu….
….. for all the mythology that surrounds the great English defeat of the Spanish Armada, the Armada was ultimately defeated by a freak storm that broke it’s formation and drove it all along the northern costs of England and Scotland – many ships smashing on the rocky coasts. While the smaller but more manouverable English ships hounded them.
The History of the world changed by a freak storm.