Blake, Robert

Blake, Robert,

1599–1657, English admiral. A merchant, he sat in the Short Parliament (1640) and joined the parliamentary side in the civil war. He defended Bristol, Lyme, and Taunton against royalist attacks (1643–45). Appointed a "general at sea" (1649), he embarked on a brilliant naval career in his middle age. In 1650 he pursued the royalist fleet under Prince Rupert to Portugal, where he intercepted a large Portuguese treasure fleet at the mouth of the Tagus River. He caught up with Rupert in the Mediterranean and virtually destroyed his fleet. In 1651 he captured the Scilly Islands from royalist privateers and helped to reduce Jersey. In the first of the Dutch WarsDutch Wars,
series of conflicts between the English and Dutch during the mid to late 17th cent. The wars had their roots in the Anglo-Dutch commercial rivalry, although the last of the three wars was a wider conflict in which French interests played a primary role.
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 he won several major victories against the Dutch and suffered one serious defeat. In 1655 he attacked and destroyed a Barbary pirate fleet at Porto Farino. In the winter of 1656–57 he blockaded the Spanish coast and sank the Spanish fleet at Santa Cruz. Made a member of the council of state in 1651, he helped to develop the effective Commonwealth navy.
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Aaron Ramsey, Joe Ledley, Darcy Blake, Robert Earnshaw and Declan John were the most recent players to achieve that, but it's been too long since Cardiff brought one of their own through.
Wales manager Chris Coleman could include Darcy Blake, Robert Earnshaw and potentially Ben Turner for their home match against Bosnia, while Scotland may include Miller, Marshall, Don Cowie and Kevin McNaughton for their clash with Australia.
Wales manager Chris Coleman could include Darcy Blake, Robert Earnshaw and potentially Ben Turner for their home match against Bosnia, while Scotland may call up Kenny Miller, Don Cowie, goalkeeper David Marshall and Kevin McNaughton for their clash with Australia, in which Town's Rhodes and Dixon might also feature.
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The Welsh injury crisis - Hughes has also lost Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Nathan Blake, Robert Earnshaw and Kit Symons - is also good news for one Coventry old boy.
Leading poets before 1914 include William Blake, Robert Browning, Chaucer, John Keats, John Milton, Alexander Pope, Percy Shelley, Lord Tennyson and William Wordsworth.
Wales manager Coleman could include Darcy Blake, Robert Earnshaw and, potentially, Ben Turner for their home match against Bosnia.