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Notes on the Geography of Spain: Madrid: Photo 76

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The plaza has a statue of Philip II's admiral, Don Álvaro de Bazán, Marquis of Santa Cruz. Through no fault of his own, he was, as we would say today, the fall guy for the loss of Spanish ships at the hands of Sir Francis Drake in 1587. The king's displeasure was great, and Don Álvaro died the next year. His equally luckless successor commanded the armada that year.

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