Spanish Armada. How did it start, what happened, how many people died?
The Spanish Armada was a group of armed warships that tried to invade England in 1588. Bad feelings between Spain and England had existed since the 1560's. Spain was taking gold and silver from lands it had claimed in the Americas, and England wanted some of this wealth. When the Spanish Armada sailed in 1588, many of the crewmembers were inexperienced and most of the ships were lightly armed. The Spanish warships were often called the Invincible Armada, supposedly because the Spaniards thought it could not be defeated.
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