Did Europe ever sent fully conventional armies overseas to fight before the industrial revolution occurred? I'm talking heavy cavalry, artillery and crack infantry troops.
Correct me if I am wrong but I almost always see the conquering force is composed largely of sailors and navy personal or light infantry and light cavalry like the conquistadors.
Are we counting the English chanel as overseas? The War of Spanish Sucession and 7 years war had troops everywhere.
Most pre-Industrial European powers were more concerned about their next door neighbor than someone across the sea.
Portugal has frequently attempted to gain possession of the coastal forts in Morocco.
At least 6000 Portugese (At least half of which were knights) attempted to seize Tangiers from the Moroccans in the 1417.
In 1471 the Portuguese deployed 30,000 men and at least some heavy artillery.
The last major conflict, Ksar El Kebir, saw the Portugese amass an army of some 18,000 and 40 cannons.
Well I should have worded it better and said "deployed outside of Europe/North Africa"
Henry the Navigator was leading one of those was it not? Or Dom Duarte.
What part of redcoat soldiers in America were actually from Britain and not locally raised? They didn't have much in the way of cavalry either did they?
Don't know a thing about India though outside of the Portuguese/Dutch conquest.