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Valdes — “The great pirate,” PERICLES, iv. 1. 98. “The Spanish Armada, I believe, furnished our author with this name. Don Pedro de Valdes was an admiral in that fleet, and had the command of the great galleon of Andalusia. His ship being disabled, he was taken by Sir Francis Drake, on the twenty-second of July, 1588, and sent to Dartmouth. This play therefore, we may conclude, was not written till after that period. The making one of this Spaniard's ancestors a pirate was probably relished by the audience in those days” (MALONE) . “In Robert Greene's Spanish Masquerado, 1589, the curious reader may find a very particular account of this Valdes, who was commander of the Andalusian troops, and then prisoner in England” (STEEVENS) .

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