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Why did England and Spain go to war?

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Why did England and Spain go to war? The English were envious of Spain's rich colonies in South and Central America. During the reign of Elizabeth I, the English raided Spanish ships carrying gold and silver to Spain. The angry Spanish rightly suspected that the English Crown supported these semi-official privateers.

The situation was made worse when an English army helped the Dutch, who were fighting against Spanish rule. In 1588 Philip of Spain sent the Spanish Armada to invade England.

The Armada failed, but the war continued until 1604. Meanwhile, Spain's power had declined because of the expense of war and the shortage of gold and silver from the colonies. Spain was also weakened by the expulsion of Moorish descendants who played a key role in Spain's prosperity.

The Spanish came very close to invading and conquering England in 1588. Their Armada was scattered by storms, then harried and destroyed by English ships.

Tags: army, war

Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 04 January '12

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