A storyboard explaining how the Spanish Armada came about.
What are you, stupid?! That's going to make them think we're trying to take over!
M-my Queen, I didn't mean it like that!
In the Treaty of Nonsuch, 1585, Elizabeth agreed to send an army to the Netherlands, led by Dudley. Spanish and English armies were now facing each other - for the two countries were now at war.
However, Leicester felt that Elizabeth wasn't providing enough money or equipment because she wasn't completely behind the rebels. When Leicester accepted the title "Governor General of Netherlands", Elizabeth was furious as she feared (rightly) that this would anger Spain as it appeared that they were trying to take control of the Netherlands.
Although not hugely successful, the presence of the English army did slow down the advance of the Spanish army under the Duke of Parma and prevented him from capturing any deep water ports (such as Ostend) which was important in failure of Armada in 1588.
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