Were the Spanish right to get annoyed at England... Spanish armadaThank you to anyone who answers... I know that the fact that the English intervened in the Netherlands and how they damaged Spain's...

Were the Spanish right to get annoyed at England... Spanish armada

Thank you to anyone who answers... I know that the fact that the English intervened in the Netherlands and how they damaged Spain's trade in silver and attached their ships ... But were they entitled to get annoyed because of this and launching the Spanish armada because of this?  

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The annoyance of which you speak was primarily personal animosity between Philip II of Spain and Elizabeth II of England. Philip, a Catholic had previously been married to Elizabeth's half sister, Mary I, also a Catholic. After Mary's death, Philip had proposed marriage to Elizabeth in hopes of returning England to Catholicism. Elizabeth had no intention of marrying Philip, in fact she never married; but she never gave him a definitive answer. In the meantime, Francis Drake attacked the Spanish settlement at Panama City and carried off a tremendous treasure of Spanish gold and silver. To escape the Spanish fleet, Drake sailed west and circumnavigated the globe. Philip knew that Drake was en route, and demanded that Elizabeth surrender him to Spain for trial. Instead, upon his arrival, Elizabeth knighted Drake on board his own ship. This action infuriated Philip who then launched the Armada.

It is a value judgment to say whether he was "right" to be annoyed; however Elizabeth's actions were duplicitous at best, and one can certainly understand why Philip became angry.

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