The Third Anglo-Dutch War broke out in the same moment the English joined the French in their campaign to take control of Spanish Netherlands. The English had their own interest in securing naval trade routes, hoping to isolate Netherlands and limit the Dutch trade. Charles II and Louis XIV planned a full-scale land nad naval invasion of the United Provinces.
Combined navies of England and France gathered near Solebay in Suffolk, on the eastern coast of England. However, on 7th June 1672, they were surprised by the Dutch fleet under the famous admiral, Michiel de Ruyter, victor of the Four Days Battle, fought from 1st to 4th June 1666.
The action which then concluded, was indecisive, resulting in the Dutch withdrawal. The English and the French, though, had to postpone their blockade until next year, which saw the two battles of Schooneveld and the most important battle of Texel, during which the daring Dutch repelled the English and the French and thus secured their coast...
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