spain and england war

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  • King Philip II
  • Trading rivalry and religious differences had been pushing Spain and England to war for years.
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • King Philip II, the powerful king of Spain, wanted England's ruler to be Catholic.
  • I do not consider Queen Elizabeth, who is a Protestant, the rightful ruler of England!
  •  To make matters worse, English adventurer, Sir Francis Drake, had attacked Spanish ports and ships.
  • King Philip believed Queen Elizabeth should punish Drake for his raids.
  • Instead, she honored him with knighthood.
  • This enraged Philip, so he sent the Spanish Armada, a fleet of 130 Spanish ships that was under the command of the Duke of Medina Sidonia, to conquer England in 1588.
  • The invasion had failed completely.
  • This marked the end of Spain's control over the seas, but war between England and Spain continued until 1604.
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