Ferrol - Urban History
Map of the Ferrol estuary, by Pedro Teixeira (1634)

The Ferrol estuary was strategically situated as regards sea traffic, and it could threaten British communications with America and the East Indies route. The estuary was particularly suitable for the installation of a naval base. The only obstacle was the absence of any urban settlements apart from the small town of Ferrol, with just over 1,000 inhabitants. The monarchy decided to found a new city, also called Ferrol.

F. Pereda & F. Marķas (eds.), El Atlas del Rey Planeta (Hondarribia, 2002), Ed. Nerea