the great fleet sent from Spain against England by Philip II in 1588
(English) The primary fleet of ships used by the Spanish Crown for protection and military engagement. The famous armada sent by Philip II to invade England in 1588 was routed by Francis Drake.
A great fleet sent by King Phillip II of Spain in 1588 to invade England. It had 130 ships and 19 000 soldiers. The English and Dutch fleets defeated it and saved England from invasion.