Lost ships remembered

A replica of one of the ships

FLOWERS and poetry commemorated the 452nd anniversary of the sinking of the Spanish Armada.

Held in La Herradura, the event saw a wreath placed at the monument by San Jose church, followed by reading of poems before moving to the beach where flowers were thrown to sea in memory of the dead.

Lola Orellana, secretary of the La Herradura Friends Association read a poem about the bay.

The event in 1562 marked a decisive change in the reign of King Felipe II and put La Herradura on the historical map, gaining a mention in Miguel de Cervantes’ book, El Quijote.  Twenty five of the 28 ships that made up the fleet, captained by Juan de Mendoza, sank and more than 5,000 people including the captain lost their lives.


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