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We are fairly positive that King Phillip did not wan to rule England or make English People speak Spanish Below are the Reasons Why he Invaded England We know he did not invade England to rule it since he already had enough land in Europe On April 4 1581 a ship named the Golden Hinde lay at anchor Francis Drake had just come back from a 3 year voyage of stealing Spanish treasure He had stolen the equivalent of 5 10 m million pounds in todays terms worth of silver jewels and gold which he had onboard more than one years worth of taxes from all of England at the time King Philip asked Elizabeth I for Francis Drake to be punished He accused him of piracy and insisted that all the treasure be returned to Spain Instead Queen Elizabeth had Drake knighted This was a threat to power and reputation of the Spanish empire King Phillip Was Fighting against Protestant Rebels in The Netherlands And after some time Elizabeth gave in to her protestant advisors So she sent a small army of English troops to help the Rebels At the beginning of Elizabeths reign she was very tolerant towards Catholics But because of the risk of assassination plots she had to become stricter Elizabeth Then Annoyed the Catholics by making presence to the Church of England compulsory She Put up the fine for not going to the protestant church from 5p to 5 which in those days was a lot of money The fine for going To Catholic Church was 66 a huge amount of Money Sometimes if Catholic priests were caught they would be executed England had also joined the 80 years war on the side of the united provinces against The Spanish Further More Spain Also Believed that Elizabeth Was illegitimate under Catholic faith Henry VIII had no right to divorce His first wife Catharine of Argon to marry
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