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Friday 20 May 2005: Second Anglo-Dutch War
The last successful invasion in Britain was not in 1066, but in 1667, during the Second Anglo-Dutch War. In that year the Dutch fleet, commanded by admiral Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter, sailed up the River Medway to Chatham and destroyed a large part of the English fleet and captured the English flagship. Surprisingly, this heroic episode in naval history is almost completely unknown to present-day inhabitants of the British Isles and its former Colonies....
A replica of De Ruyter's flagship the 'Zeven Provinciën' is currently being built near Lelystad in the Netherlands (

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