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Dartmouth sent numerous ships to join the English fleet that attacked the Spanish Armada, including the Roebuck, Crescent and Hart.

The Nuestra Señora del Rosario, the Spanish Armada's "payship" commanded by Admiral Pedro de Valdés, was captured along with all its crew by Sir Francis Drake.

Dartmouth was a home of the Royal Navy from the reign of Edward III and was twice surprised and sacked during the Hundred Years' War, after which the mouth of the estuary was closed every night with a great chain.

The narrow mouth of the Dart is protected by two fortified castles, Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear Castle.

The earliest street in Dartmouth to be recorded by name (in the 13th century) is Smith Street.

Several of the houses on the street are originally late 16th century or early 17th century and probably rebuilt on the site of earlier medieval dwellings.

It was reportedly anchored in the River Dart for more than a year and the crew were used as labourers on the nearby Greenway Estate which was the home of Sir Humphrey Gilbert and his half-brother Sir Walter Raleigh.

Greenway was later the home of Dame Agatha Christie.Still, ten freighters were needed to carry the treasure to London.Henry Hudson put in to Dartmouth on his return from North America, and was arrested for sailing under a foreign flag.About 300 miles west of Land's End, upon realising that the Speedwell was unseaworthy, it returned to Plymouth.The Mayflower departed alone to complete the crossing to Cape Cod.The Pilgrim Fathers put in to Dartmouth's Bayard's Cove, en route from Southampton to America.

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