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Why did the English win the Armada?

The Armada was difficult to attack because it sailed in a 'crescent' shape. While the Armada tried to get in touch with the Spanish army, the English ships attacked fiercely. However, an important reason why the English were able to defeat the Armada was that the wind blew the Spanish ships northwards.

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Accordingly, how did the English defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588?

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. Delayed by storms that temporarily forced it back to Spain, the Armada did not reach the southern coast of England until July 19.

Also Know, how did the British defeat of the Spanish Armada pave the way for British colonies? When they defeated the Spanish Armada, they became the rulers of the sea. If they controlled all naval transport, they could easily control trade routes and traders, and this made them the wealthiest country in the world. This enabled them to invest and expand and in time, the colonies were created.

Similarly one may ask, what tactics did the English use against the Armada?

The English sent in fireships , so the Armada cut their anchors to escape. On 28 July, the English attacked the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Gravelines. The English ships were easier to manoeuvre in the heavy waters of the North Sea. This decisive battle prevented the Spanish from landing in England.

Why did the Spanish Armada fail to invade England in 1588?

The Spanish Armada led by King Philip II of Spain attempted to invade England in 1588, to avenge the death of Mary Queen of Scots in 1587. The Spanish Armada famously tried, and failed, to invade England in 1588.

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