Why Did the Spanish Armada Attack England in 1588?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 15, 2020 2:20:01 PM ET

The Spanish Armada attacked England in 1588 in an attempt to establish Spain's dominance in Europe and prevent Protestantism from overtaking Catholicism on the continent. Other reasons included Span's desire to prevent England establishing a strong navy and Mary Queen of Scots' execution.