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Blake, Robert

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Born: 1599 AD
Died: 1657 AD, at 58 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Admiral, General, Military Officer, Naval Officer

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1599 - Robert Blake was born in Bridgwater, Somerset, United Kingdom.

1615 - Attended Oxford University he had hoped to follow an academic career, but failed to secure a fellowship to Merton College, probably because of his political and religious views.

1640 - Blake was elected as the Member of Parliament for Bridgwater in the Short Parliament.

1649 - Blake was appointed General at Sea (a rank corresponding to Admiral).

1653 - Served in the Barebones Parliament.

1655 - He was sent to the Mediterranean to extract compensation from the piratical states.

1657 - Won against the Spanish West Indian Fleet over the English seizure of Jamaica in the West Indies.

       - On 20th of April he totally destroyed a Spanish silver fleet.

       - Blake died on 17th of August from old wounds within sight of Portsmouth and was buried in Westminster Abbey.


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