Political and religious differences between Catholic Spain and Protestant England leading up to the conflict. The Spanish Empire was transformed by the English, English sailors consciously targeting Spanish shipping around the Atlantic and Europe.
Spanish Armada was a naval force of about 130 ships estimated at over 18,000 soldiers. Approximately 40 shops were warships, and The Spanish Armada had an individual plan called 'Great and most fortunate navy.'
Queen Elizabeth authorized Francis Drake to make a strike against the great Spanish Armada.
In 1587 he sailed to a Spanish Port of Cadiz and destroyed thirty-seven enemy ships.
In May 1587, the Spanish Armada, after several years of preparation, set sail from Lisbon under the command of the Duke. For the first time on July 31, 1588, the Spanish Armada and the English fleet met each other off the coast of Plymouth. English fleet successfully damaged some of the Spanish ships, but they were unable to pierce Spanish Armada's defensive formation.
By 1588 July Spanish Armada was on the English Channel.
The defeat of the Spanish Armada
The commander of the Spanish Armada was Duke of Medina Sidonia. The Spaniards had very strict formation up the Channel, England realized that it would be difficult to break. Although by that time, these two Great Spanish ships were destroyed during the basic battles. Spaniard ships 'The Rosario collided' and also other ships were captured by Francis Drake.
At midnight English fire ships approached the Spanish Armada. The Spaniards cut their anchor cables and were ready to fight. In the darkness, many ships crashed to each other and were destroyed, the Spanish Armada failed.
Sir Francis Drake played an essential role in the failure of the Spanish Armada.
He was a vice-admiral of the English fleet.
There were several battles between the English fleet and the Spanish Armada. Both sides had a loss. The Spanish Armada had lost over 2,000 men during the naval battles with the English. But their way back home was more deadly. The sea storms
Ravaged Their ships, and several ships were sunk, while others broke apart after being thrown against the seashore. Finally, when the Spanish Armada reached Spain in 1588, they had lost over 0 ships and suffered some 15,000 deaths. The weather caused most of the loss of Spanish Armada, but its defeat was a great success and military victory for England.