The Madre de Dios, the Taking of the Carrack

By E.W. Bovill, published May 1968


This describes the capture in the year 1592, near the island of Flores, in the Azores, of the Portuguese carrack Madre de Dios, homeward bound from Cochin, by an English fleet during the war between England and Spain. The naval action is discussed, the value of the cargo is estimated and the manner of its disposal in England is set out in painful detail.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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