Consequences of the Spanish Armada

Philip was temporarily halted.

But:

  • The defeat did not harm his control over his empire which continued to grow after his death in 1598. Spain would remain a dominant ‘super-power’ for a further 100 years.
  • He tried other armadas in 1596 and 1597. Both were destroyed by storms.

The English rejoiced – they took it as a sign that God was on their side, even celebrating a national day of Thanksgiving for its victory over Spain on the 24th November.

But:

  • The English did not defeat Spain and the war dragged on.
  • An English naval attack on Portugal in 1589 failed.
  • In 1595 a small Spanish force raided Cornwall.

Elizabeth's reputation as 'Gloriana' peaked.

But:

  • The later years of her reign were a time of failure and conflict with Parliament.

England was able to continue causing trouble for the Spanish Empire.

  • English pirates continued to attack Spanish treasure ships.
  • English slave traders illegally carried slaves to the West Indies.

But:

  • The Roanoke colony disappeared, and was never seen or heard of again. England did not plant another colony in America until 1607.
  • The Armada was not the beginning of an English empire in the New World.