Spanish wine vs. English sailors

In 1625, the English commander Sir Edward Cecil (1572-1638) had set up a fleet of around 115 ships and over 15,000 seamen. The goal was the wealthy Spanish city of Cadiz. Once arriving at the bay of Cadiz, Cecil decided to attack Fort Puntel, which was supposedly protecting Cadiz.

They did so successfully and Cecil then went ashore to attack his main target. He immediately realized that Cadiz itself was even more fortified than Fort Puntel. Also, he and his men had forgotten to bring water with them… Cecil decided to look for a different city to attack and found a small village with large wine cellars, where Cecil allowed his men to quench their thirst with that wine. It was a terrible idea. His entire army got so drunk that the only option left for Cecil was to go back to his ships. Some 1000 men were too drunk to evacuate and when the Spanish army arrived they slaughtered all of them. The Cadiz expedition had failed. Cecil was left of his army and was returned home.

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