the Spanish fleet that attempted to invade England, ending in disaster, due to the raging storm in the English Channel as well as the smaller and better English navy led by Francis Drake. This is viewed as the decline of Spains Golden Age, and the rise of England as a world naval power. In 1588, Philip assembled the largest invasion force that Europe had ever seen aka the Invincible Armada made up of 130 ships, with 8,000 sailors and 20,000 soldiers. They were sent to invade England. The battle officialy began on July 29th. England feared that as the Armada moves up towards the Channel, that they would gain power. So the English lit 8 ships on fire and sent it to the Armada.