Charles I's foreign policy, 1625-1629

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Cadiz Expedition (1625)

  • Charles declared war on Spain, planning for the navy to attack Spanish treasure ships and troops to attack Spanish towns
  • The troops were raised by force and given limited equipment and training
  • 4000-6000 troops died of disease/starvation
  • The ships were delayed by storms and so missed the Spanish treasure ships
  • The troops and ships returned home having had almost no impact on Spain
  • The expedition had cost £250,000 and had captured no gold

La Rochelle Expedition (1627)

  • Under the terms of the marriage contract, Charles had promised to help the


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