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Battle of Sluis (1603)

Battle of Sluis (1603)
Part of the Eighty Years' War

Battle of Sluis, from the Legermuseum, Delft
Date 26 May 1603
Location Sluis (present-day Netherlands)
Result Dutch victory
 United Provinces  Spain
Commanders and leaders
Joos de Moor Federico Spinola 
3 men-of-war,
2 galleys,
several minor vessels[1](Spanish source)
2 galleys 2 smaller vessels.[2]Dutch source
8 Galleys,
1,130 soldiers[1](Spanish source)
8 galleys 4 smaller vessels[2](Dutch source)
Casualties and losses
720 killed,
1 man-of-war sunk[3](Spanish source)
50 dead or wounded
no ships lost[2](Dutch source)
414 killed[3](Spanish source)
800 dead or wounded
no ships lost[2](Dutch source)

The Battle of Sluis was a naval battle during the Eighty Years' War in which a Spanish squadron commanded by Federico Spinola tried to break through a blockade of Sluis by Dutch ships under the command of Joos de Moor. After about two hours of fighting the heavily damaged Spanish ships returned to Sluis. His commander, the Italian captain Federico Spinola, was killed during the action.


  1. ^ a b Fernández Duro p. 223
  2. ^ a b c d
  3. ^ a b Fernández Duro p. 224
  • Fernández Duro, Cesáreo (1898). Armada Española desde la unión de los reinos de Castilla y Aragón III. Madrid, Spain: Est. tipográfico "Sucesores de Rivadeneyra". 
External links
  • Heldendaden der Nederlanders ter zee
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