Who led the English resistance to the Spanish Armada?
England was helping Spain’s Dutch rebels and English ships, under the command of Sir Francis Drake, to attack Spain’s treasure fleet as they returned from the Caribbean. Worst of all, England was now a Protestant nation.
Why did the English win the Spanish Armada?
However, an important reason why the English were able to defeat the Armada was that the wind blew the Spanish ships northwards. To many English people this proved that God wanted them to win and there were pictures and medals made to celebrate this fact.
Did the English really defeat the Spanish Armada?
Off the coast of Gravelines, France, Spain’s so-called “Invincible Armada” is defeated by an English naval force under the command of Lord Charles Howard and Sir Francis Drake.
What was the biggest ship in the Spanish Armada?
Flagship of the commander-in-chief (Fleet Capitana), the Duke of Medina Sidonia and Maestre Francisco Arias de Bobadilla, the senior army officer. (São Martinho had an overall length of about 180 feet (55 m) with a beam of about 40 feet (12 m).
Why were the English ships better than the Spanish?
Spanish tactics were to get close enough to English ships to board them, whereas the English tactic was to attack from a safe distance. Spanish ships were slower and less equipped for the bad weather than the English ships. The English ships had cannon they could fire at a safe distance and could be reloaded quickly.