Who did Queen Elizabeth support in the Netherlands?
Elizabeth secretly supported the Dutch rebels because she knew the Dutch revolt would keep the Spanish too busy to threaten England. Elizabeth sent an army to help the Dutch rebels fight Spain. For the first time English and Spanish armies were fighting each other.
Why did Philip of Spain Hate Elizabeth?
King Philip II of Spain was hostile to Queen Elizabeth’s England for several reasons: England had become a Protestant country and as a devout Catholic himself Philip II wanted to change it back to a Catholic country.
Why was Elizabeth reluctant to help the Dutch?
Elizabeth I was reluctant to help Dutch Protestant rebels in the Netherlands. She wanted to avoid anything that could lead to war with Spain. Instead, she hoped to apply pressure on the Spanish to encourage them to agree to return the Netherlands to how they had been governed under an agreement made in 1548.