M. S. Jayne
Though the death of King Charles in January 1649 may be said to have ended the Civil War on land, there was still no peace at sea. Prince Rupert, a Royalist, in command of a large portion of the Fleet was continuing hostilities against Admiral Robert Blake in command of the rest. Their tactics seem to have consisted in avoiding each other and seizing unarmed merchantmen whose cargoes they impounded. Since the best ships worth catching were to be met coming from the East or South America, it was not long before both were manoeuvering for the possession of Lisbon harbour as a base.
Reproduced from the 2nd Annual Report of the British Historical Association, 1938
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