VIGO , a seaport and
See also:naval station of
See also:north-western Spain, in the province of
See also:Pontevedra; on Vigo
See also:Bay (Ria de Vigo) and on a branch of the railway from
See also:Tuy to Corunna . Pop . (1900) 23,2J9 . Vigo Bay, one of the finest of the Galician fjords, extends inland for 19 m., and is sheltered by low mountains and by the islands (Islas de Cies,
See also:ancient Insulae Siccae) at its mouth . The
See also:town is built on the south-eastern
See also:shore, and occupies a hilly site dominated by two obsolete forts . The older streets are steep, narrow and tortuous, but there is also a large
See also:modern quarter . Vigo owes its importance to its deep and spacious
See also:harbour, and to its
See also:fisheries . It is a
See also:port of
See also:call for many lines trading between Western
See also:Europe and South
See also:America .
See also:Shipbuilding is carried on, and large quantities of sardines are canned for export . In 1909, 2041
See also:ships of 2,710,691 tons (1,153,564 being
See also:British) entered at Vigo; the imports in that
See also:year, including tin and tinplate,
See also:coal, machinery,
See also:cement, sulphate of copper and foodstuffs, werevalued at £481,752; the exports, including sardines,
See also:waters and eggs, were valued at £554,824 . The town contains
See also:flour, paper and sawmills,
See also:sugar and petroleum refineries, tanneries, distilleries and
See also:works; it has also a large agricultural
See also:trade and is visited in summer for
See also:sea-bathing . Vigo was attacked by
See also:Francis Drake in 1585 and 1589 .
In 1702 a combined British and Dutch
See also:fleet under Sir
See also:Rooke and the duke of
See also:Ormonde destroyed a Franco-
See also:Spanish fleet in the bay, and captured treasure to the value of about £1,000,000; numerous attempts have been made to recover the larger quantity of treasure which was supposed, on doubtful evidence, to have been sunk during the
See also:battle . In 1719 Vigo was captured by the British under
See also:Cobham .
ALFRED DE VIGNY (1797-1863)
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