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Affavit Deus et dissipantur.
God breathed and they were put to flight.

This is one version of an inscription on a medal struck in commemoration of the destruction of the Spanish Armada in 1588. The inscription was also given as Flavit Jehovah et dissipati sunt (Jehovah breathed and they were dispersed).

Although the Spanish were doing battle with the English fleet, under the leadership of Sir Frances Drake, it is recorded that powerful storms at sea during the period of the battle were of great assistance in destroying the Spanish fleet. So the idea of divine intervention had validity for them.

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