The defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 is one of the most famous events in English History. It was arguably Queen Elizabeth I's finest hour. For years she had been hailed as the English Deborah, the savior of the English people and now it seemed that this is what she had really become . She was now bellow, the Goddess of war and triump she had led her people to glory, defeating the greatest power in the 16th century world.
Spain was the powerful country in the world. Philip II ruled vast territories of land, and had unparalled wealth from the new world. England was a small country, with little wealth, few friends and many enemies. If Queen Elizabeth I ever felt nervous about challenging the greatest power in the known world, she never showed it, and appeared to believe completely in the devotion and loyalty of her people. By believing in them, they believed in her.
Although relations between Spain and England had began rather well with Philip even proposing marriage to the English Queen, over the 30 years since the Queen's accession, relations had deterioted.