Synopsis by Elizabeth Smith
The Spanish Armada (or large fleet of ships) assembled by King Philip II of Spain was designed to carry a large number of forces up the English Channel to Great Britain in an effort to invade that country and place it under Spain's rule. This video discusses the political, financial, religious and other motivations that made Spain risk this major military undertaking. Its ultimate failure proved that England was far from being a little island unable to protect itself from intimidating outside forces. Though 150 ships sailed in the Armada towards England, only 65 returned safely to their original ports in Spain, Portugal, and Naples. Philip II's attempt to turn England into a Catholic stronghold had failed.
armada, army, battle [war], campaign, conquest, English [nationality], invasion, military, re-enactment, Spain