The Expedition of Blake and Mountagu in 1655
The article focuses on the political intrigues and machinations behind the operations of the Fleet commanded by the Commonwealth General at Sea Robert Blake, through the correspondence of his assistant Edward Mountagu. It follows the activities around Spain and Portugal as well as
the visit to Algiers and attack on Malaga and ends with Stayner’s captured destruction of the Spanish Plate Fleet, although more treasure was sunk than captured and the majority seized did not reach London. Mountagu returned to London, prior to Blake’s action at Tenerife.