Rich, Robert (Earl of Warwick)

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Robert Rich was a sea captain who commanded a fleet of pirate ships that attacked Spanish ships. He was given command of the English navy in 1642 by Parliament in the opening months of the Civil War before the King could take control of it himself.


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Early Modern Period (1500-1800)
1642 Mar  Earl of Warwick takes control of navy
 Parliament authorised Robert Rich, the Earl of Warwick to take control of the English Navy before King Charles did so.[1] 

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