Queen Elizabeth ruled England and it was a protestant nation.
Phillip II, and his christian army invaded England because he did not agree with the religion. This was called the Spanish Armada. Phillip and his 130 ships went into the English cannel in a crescent shape.
England sent out 8 vacant ships that were on fire to disorganize the Spanish in there uniform crescent shape. From here England could attack the Spanish.
When the Spanish were retreating back home, a storm destroyed them. Also the Spanish had to sail all the way around Scotland and Ireland because they not risking going through the English cannel.