How did developments in the New World contribute to the breakdown of relations between England and Spain?
This lesson examines how developments in the New World contributed to the breakdown of relations with Spain. It will introduce the concept of the 'New World' in the 16th century and discuss the causes of the increased global exploration under Elizabeth I. It will then look at the role of different factors including trade and commercial rivalry, privateering and Drake's circumnavigation of the globe in contributing to escalating tension. It will consider how both King Philip II of Spain and Elizabeth I reacted to these developments.
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