Raid on the Medway

The Second Anglo-Dutch War revealed the weakness and corruption within England's military establishment. Nothing represented this more than the brazen attack by the Dutch on the English fleet docked at Chatham. Many ships were burned and the flagship of the English fleet was towed away as a prize. This disaster spurred on reforms of the English navy, but these were not completed quickly enough to avoid a humiliating treaty that confirmed to the English the maritime power of the Dutch - for the time being at least.

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