Following years of hostilities between Spain and England, King Philip II of Spain assembled the flotilla in the hope of removing Protestant Queen Elizabeth I from the throne and restoring the Roman Catholic faith in England.
What did the Spanish Armada want to achieve?
This is important to realise, as for many, it was the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, that caused the Armada to be launched as some form of revenge against England and Elizabeth. Philip II had one simple aim, which as to replace Elizabeth and restore Catholicism back in England under a new Catholic monarch.
What was the Spanish Armada plan?
The plan. Philip’s plan was that an armada of 130 ships would sail to the Netherlands, pick up 30,000 Spanish troops and invade England. However, the Armada was delayed by an English attack on Cadiz harbour in 1587 where Drake made off with gold treaures and destroyed over 100 Spanish ships.
Why did we win the Spanish Armada?
In 1588, King Philip II of Spain sent an armada (a fleet of ships) to collect his army from the Netherlands, where they were fighting, and take them to invade England. … However, an important reason why the English were able to defeat the Armada was that the wind blew the Spanish ships northwards.
How many Spanish troops were lost trying to invade England in the Armada?
3/4 of the Spanish troops were lost trying to invade England in the Armada. This answer has been confirmed as correct and helpful.
Why did Spain send the Armada to England?
Why did the Spanish Armada happen? Years of religious and political differences led up to the conflict between Catholic Spain and Protestant England. The Spanish saw England as a competitor in trade and expansion in the ‘New World’ of the Americas.