Spanish Armada (1588)
The Spanish Armada was a naval fleet of the Spanish Navy most famous for being used by Spain's King Philip II against the Kingdom of England in 1588. The ships were on their way to Flanders (across the English channel from England) to fetch an army to invade England. The Navy Royal of England during queen Elizabeth I's reign caught up with them on the way. The English defeated the Armada by using the wind to blow ships that were lit on fire into the anchored fleet. This started on 12 July 1588 and ended during August 1588.