The Armada started when Queen Elizabeth had her own half-sister Mary executed because she was a Catholic, so then King Philip decided he would attack England. He thought God was on his side. Phillip was getting his Armada ready, and Sir Francis Drake took a small fleet into the Cadiz habour and he burned the ships and the one's with all the food and drink. Phillip replaced the ship's but he had to put the supplies in barrels with new wood which had not dried out. Eventually the food would turn bad. There was not much of a plan to get the soldiers from the Netherlands to England. The Spanish did not have a good port to use. The Admiral of the Armada died so the the Duke of Medina took over there was just one problem he gets sea-sick. In February the Armada finally set sail, but it ran into some terrible weather and was blown off course. Food went rotten. The water went bad. Men died of diseases.When the Armada set sail in July it was spotted by the English. Beacons were lit on hill to spread the news around the country. There were 130 ships covering 11km of sea. The Spanish boats formed a crescent shape to make it difficult for the English to attack them. So for a week the English chased the Spanish up the English Channel. On 19th July the Spanish picked up some other troops who were in the Netherlands. The English were ready to pounce. Eight ships carrying tar and loaded guns were set on fire and were sent along to the Spanish ships in Calais. The Spanish panicked when they saw these and fled off into the night.
By the morning the Spanish crescent had broken up. The Spanish had fought very bravely. The ships that did survive were severely battered. There was only one hope and that was to head home. They couldn't go through the Channel they had to go up north round Scotland. They only had stale water and mouldy biscuits. By the time they got home only 67 ships survived and got there. Few sailed again. It was a sad end for such a great fleet.
Interviews from both sides :
We interviewed people from both sides and the English person said "I think we deserved to win it. Sir Francis Drake helped us by setting their supplies and ships on fire and the weather didn't help them and spotted them and trapped them early and scared them so they were running away and after that we got them."
We also interviewed a Spanish person and he said " I thought we were very unlucky to lose because that pirate Drake came into our harbour and set alight loads of barrels of food and some of our ships so then we had to put new food in new barrels which hadn't dried out. Then the weather went against us and we got blew in a different direction which used up our supplies. After that we got trapped in Cadiz and the English sent a few fireships towards us and we got scared .