gibraltarFrom Gibraltar’s capture in 1704 it has been a bastion of British power in the Mediterranean. This was especially true in the dark days as the First Coalition failed and the the British navy lost bases in Corsica and what is now Italy to the forces of the French revolution.

Gibraltar forms a key setting for many novels set during the Age of Sail. In the above photo you are looking from Gibraltar across the bay towards the Spanish port of Algeciras, the scene of Admiral James Saumarez’s initial repulse and eventual victory.

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