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Battle of Haarlemmermeer
Part of the Eighty Years' War
Vroom Hendrick Cornelisz Battle of Haarlemmermeer.jpg
Battle of Haarlemmermeer circa 1621 by Hendrick Cornelisz Vroom, oil on canvas. Rijksmuseum.
Date26 May 1573
(present-day the Netherlands)
Result Spanish victory
Dutch Republic Dutch Rebels  Spain
Commanders and leaders
Martin Brand Count of Bossu
150 warships[1][2] 100 warships[1][2]
Casualties and losses
21 ships captured[1] Low

The Battle of Haarlemmermeer was a naval engagement fought on May 26, 1573, during the Dutch War of Independence. It was fought on the waters of the Haarlemmermeer – a large lake which at the time was a prominent feature of north Holland (it would be drained in the 19th Century).

A Spanish fleet, commanded by the count of Bossu, fought a Dutch fleet of rebellious Sea Beggars, commanded by Marinus Brandt, who were trying to break the Siege of Haarlem. After several hours of fight, The Sea Beggars were forced to retreat.

Citations and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fernández Duro p. 274
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harbottle p.104


  • Fernández Duro, Cesáreo (1895). Armada Española desde la unión de los reinos de Castilla y Aragón. II. Madrid, Spain: Est. tipográfico "Sucesores de Rivadeneyra". 
  • Harbottle, Thomas Benfield (2009). Dictionary of Battles from the Earliest Date to the Present Time. BiblioBazaar, LLC. ISBN 978-1-110-05778-8. 

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