The Spanish Armada set out to conquer the country of England. However, were met with English fire ships who defeated the Armada. Considered Elizabeth's biggest war and foreign policy triumph of her reign. She gave the troops one of her most memorable speeches in which she said "My loving people, we have been persuaded by some that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit ourself to armed multitudes for fear of treachery; but I assure you, I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people ... I know I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a King of England too, and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any Prince of Europe should dare to invade the borders of my realm."