"The Armada"

The Spanish Armada off the English Coast (1620-25)
Public DomainThe Spanish Armada off the English Coast (1620-25) - Credit: C.C. van Wieringen
 'The Armada' (Spanish for 'Navy') is the name given to the fleet that sailed for England from Spain in 1588 with the intention of invading England and overthrowing Queen Elizabeth 1st. The event is sometimes called the Spanish Armada.

'The Armada' is also the name given to the English counterattack on Spain in 1589 when the English fleet sailed for Spain under the leadership of Sir Francis Drake. This event is sometimes known as the English Armada.

Both events form part of what is known as the Anglo-Spanish War (1585-1604).