Drifting slightly ...
ISTR when Richard "the Hamster" Hammond (he's not a real hamster) did a prog about "could the gunpowder plot have succeeded", they couldn't - for whatever reason - buy enough gunpowder in the UK. Ironically it had to come from Spain. *Very* secretly.
Oh yes, and then some !!!!
 Because Guy Fawkes learned his gunpowder skills in Spain.