John Hawkins in the Caribbean


The dramatic events of 1558 in the Caribbean between John Hawkins of the English fleet and the Spanish galleons had a profound result. New designs for ships, new organisation and discipline meant that the eighty ships of the Spanish Armada were defeated twenty years later.

This 4-page historical account of the Battle of San Juan de Ullo in the Caribbean, is accompanied by word study and vocabulary extension and discussion questions. It is suitable for upper primary school and early secondary students and is designed for parents who wish to tutor their own child at home.

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John Hawkins was captain of the Minion, a ship that Queen Elizabeth I loaned him to sail to the Caribbean in 1558. The small fleet took refuge at San Juan on the coast of Mexico after a storm. The ‘great ships’ of Spain sailed into port and things got nasty. The Spanish sank the smaller English ships and launched fire ships at the fleet. Only skill and speed got the remaining ships out of port. Damaged and overcrowded, without supplies, John Hawkins and Francis Drake took the remaining ships back to England.

An exciting read for students about two adventurous and quick-thinking sailors, this 6-page material in 16pt is followed by a number of language activities. These include matching synonyms, word meanings, changing nouns to verbs and short-answer questions about the content. It is suited to Grade 6, Year 7 and 8, for parents to help their child at home.