The Battle of Kentish Knock is apart of a series of battles in the first Anglo-Dutch war, a war between the English and Dutch (people from the Netherlands) over trade routes and the right of the seas. Most/all of the battles were fought between the two nations' Navys. The Dutch, led by Witte de With, had 62 ships, 1900 cannons, and 7000 men, whereas the English, led by Robert Blake, had 68 ships, 2400 cannons, and 10,000 men. In the end, the English won. The Dutch learned that ships were needed.