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.