Explain the Main Causes of the Spanish Armada

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Explain the Main Causes of the Spanish Armada

In 1588 Spain went to war with England. This wasn’t due to just one event. Over time, things had been making Spain more and more outraged until finally they were left no other option but to go to war. In this way, it is hard to determine which factor was the most important, as they were all contingent on each other.

Around the 1500s, there was huge conflicts over religion, Catholic verses Protestant. England was divided between Catholic and Protestant. Spain wanted to free England to make the country Catholic again. At the same time, war was raging in the Netherlands over this very topic. Spain, being largely Catholic, supported the fighting and had armies in Holland to try and make the Netherlands Catholic. On the other hand, England supported the Protestants and helped them by lending supplies and weapons.
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At this time, Portugal was being ruled by Spain. Portugal wanted full independence from Spain, but naturally, they refused. England supported Portugal and were allies of the Portuguese.

Mary Queen of Scots was not a popular choice to be Queen as she was strongly Catholic and the country at the time was Protestant. She was also unwilling to take advice from the English nobles. When she was to marry, despite having several candidates from amongst the English nobility, she ignored all advice and married Prince Philip, heir to the throne. Philip only married Mary as he wanted ...

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