England was run under a catholic ruler, Mary I. When she had died, their new queen became Queen Elizabeth I. Queen Elizabeth was educated as a Protestant, and that is what she decide to enforce on the people, breaking them away from the catholic church. Some followed the queen and her choices, others opposed.
Catholics are dumb!
Philip II of Spain was a very proud catholic. Religion was something that was very important to him. He did not approve Queen Elizabeth's decision to run England under Protestant rule. He wanted to restore Catholicism to England. This was something he discussed with the pope, who supported him.
THIS MEANS WAR!!!
Philip II had gone into this invasion with his invincible armada. In his mind, big ships were to be strong and powerful, powerful enough to win the war that he declared.
we are the INVINCIBLE ARMADA!
The people of England who were defending themselves knew more about the conditions than Philip did. Their famous English winds were to cause stormy conditions, which is why they created practical ships which were smaller, making them easy to maneuver during crazy winds.
English winds ahead!!
silly men..thinking bigger is better
Unfortunately, because Philip was unaware of the English winds, his "invincible" armada was ripped to shreds. What was left of the armada was forced to go all the way around Ireland and Scotland to get back to Spain, rather than back through the English channel if they were planning to make it back home alive.
What the heck are English winds?!
How did I let this happen?!
The defeat of the Spanish Armada will forever be seen as a great military victory for England. The country is now recognized for their strength under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.