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The Spanish, who were so close to defeating the city, turned around one day (mind you they’re dozens of miles from the sea) and saw a bunch of pirates riding the Ocean in at them. They immediately fled.
The kicker in all this is that when the city wanted to memorialize William of Orange with a statue for his help he said no. He had a better idea.
He founded the University of Leiden. Which is still there today.
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The Siege of Antwerp is responsible for two of the most crazy, and pretty obscure, events in the 80 Year War. The first is the Fin Bellis, and like any superweapon with a highly optimistic name, it failed completely. It was a large littoral combat vessel, intended to take out Spanish forts isolated by water due to punctured dykes (just get used to reading that phrase if you ever get into this war in detail). Turns out it wasn very good at this. And it was also very, very expensive. It was essentially the Death Star.
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But that not all. When the Spanish Armada threatened Britain the British fleet did not employ regular fireships, but instead converted ones that resembled the Hellburners. The Spanish fleet was in a tight, defensive formation that would be completely destroyed by a similar attack. It very likely the Spanish broke formation because they feared hermes birkin replica an attack by Hellburners, as they knew their inventor was in English employ. This allowed the English to take the fleet apart piecemeal. Just remember that the next time some Cheeky Nigel jerks off over beating the Spanish Armada without mentioning the war it was actually a part of.
And here the thing about the Siege of Leiden: It not noteworthy because it was liberated by pirates coaxing the sea inland. It noteworthy because the weather wasn up to the task, and it actually took months longer than planned, which meant the city had to weather a serious case of starvation before being liberated. Reportedly the mayor offered his own arm for hungry people to eat, but the offer was refused. replica hermes mini bag That why it went down in Dutch history as a special case. The whole “we birkin bag replica amazon are water wizards fuck you” thing was rather Hermes replica So Kelly commonplace.
There was also the city that was taken by just doing the whole Trojan Horse thing for real. Or the city that was taken by simply pumping its lake dry and attacking through its harbor on foot. Or the female warrior who always depicted armed to the fucking teeth and became the center of her own propaganda story. Or the fact that the rest of the world has never heard of the 80 Year War, but has heard of the 30 Year War, which is literally just The Last Bit of the 80 Year War and thus known as such in the Netherlands. And then there was that whole business with an upstart province becoming a super power in its own right while slapping down another superpower.
Ever so often there a point in history where someone just picks a fight they shouldn Because you really don want to discover that the people you fighting are way, way more crazy than you ever imagined they would be. The 80 Year War should have been Spain braining some shitty mercenaries and upstart rebels. An all around good, old time. Instead, the Spanish discovered they were shitty sailors and worse swimmers, and were really just tricked into fighting on the water when they thought they be fighting on land. The Spanish picking a fight with the Dutch was like an experienced boxer getting in on browse around this website a streetfight and only belatedly noticing his opponent prison tats and remembering there are no rules in streetfights about not biting your opponent in the scrotum.