The island of Flores, westernmost of the Azores, is a tip of the mid-Atlantic ridge that has emerged above the sea. It is a quiet place with a population of fewer than 4,000 and seems isolated and far from the centre of attention of the modern world. But, for a brief period in the last decade of the 16th and first decade of the 17th century, it was a focal point of international conflicts and the scene of naval engagements in which famous admirals battled to determine the fate of empires.
The illustration is of Sir Richard Grenville (1542-1591). The article can be downloaded here.
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