British Challenge to Spain for Gold in the Late 16th Century

ElyaDatabase ID Number: M012

Creator: Yoo Sang Jo ’19 East Asian Studies

At the end of the 16th century, Spain easily conquered South America and plundered huge amounts of gold and jewels. Based on the plundering from various colonies and territorial expansion, Spain emerged as the most powerful nation in the world. Britain, which was a relatively weak country at that time, checked the growing power of Spain in various ways, one of which is the use of competent pirates in the Atlantic to pillage Spanish ships and attack major cities. Thus, Britain had a massive battle with Spain based on the capital looted from Spain.

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Yoo Sang Jo, “British Challenge to Spain for Gold in the Late 16th Century.” Scale: 1:70,000. In Elya J. Zhang, ed., Mapping History Series. <> (accessed May 27, 2022).

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