England in the Mediterranean; A Study of the Rise and Influence of British Power Within the Straits 1603-1713 Volume 1

England in the Mediterranean; A Study of the Rise and Influence of British Power Within the Straits 1603-1713 Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...hurried to Lisbon immediately with such ships as could be got ready, and Popham was to follow in the spring with a reserve and the bills on Leghorn. There was a possibility that the demonstration in the Mediterranean would not be necessary, for Spain was already opening her eyes to the value of an alliance with the Republic as an enemy of France and Portugal, and Blake was to carry out an envoy to Madrid. When in February he got to sea his instructions were mainly concerned with directions to deal with the Princes and their ' revolted ships, ' and with those of any commander, no matter what his commission, who attempted to join them. 1 Domestic Calendar, 424-435, 480. 'Captain Keyser to Popham, January 10, 1650; Coytmor to Popham -nd Blake, January 12, Iieybourne-Popluxm, MSS. 54. Mazarin to the Due d'Epernon, LeUret, iii. 482. Meanwhile Kupert at Lisbon had been as active. With the produce of his captured cargoes he had managed to thoroughly equip not only his old fleet but also his three prizes, and he had already dropped down the Tagus as far as Belem Castle to start on a fresh cruise when Blake's fleet was seen anchoring just outside in Cascacs Bay. At the last moment the younger Vane had joined the fleet as envoy to the King of Portugal, and he was immediately landed with the Parliament's letter explaining that Blake had been sent out to recover their revolted warships and punish the pirates who had taken them. He was followed by the lieutenant of Blake's flagship with a friendly message pointing out that it was clearly a special providence that the two arch-pirates had been detained at Lisbon till his squadron had arrived, and be trusted, therefore, the King would excuse any hostile attempt that might be made upon them in the harbour, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
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  • English
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  • 1236495896
  • 9781236495891