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England's competent navy, helped by a fortuitous wind (referred to as the "Protestant  Wind"), managed to defeat the Armada, forcing Philip's remaining ships into the North  Sea, where they then destroyed much of Spain's remaining military might. On July 28,  England defeated Spain in a decisive battle, preventing the Spanish from landing in  England. Fleeing north, the Armada was wracked by storms. Of the 30,000 Spanish  soldiers Philip had sent to invade, only 10,000 survived. Meanwhile, Britain's army prepared for battle on land, assuming that the "Invincible"  Armada would be able to land Philip's troops. To inspire the troops at Tilbury, Elizabeth  made one of the most famous speeches of her career. She said, "I have but the body of  a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king. .. and think foul  scorn that any Prince in Europe should dare to invade the borders of my realm." Yet 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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