Ferrol - Urban History
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The shipyards of the Bourbon monarchy (1750)

After signing the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 the new Bourbon dynasty opted to reorganize the Navy, since it was necessary to defend the Spanish coast and the American colonies, and to protect trade. In 1726 the coast of the Iberian Peninsula was divided into three maritime departments, and naval bases and dockyards were set up around their capital cities. Whilst Cartagena became the seat of the Department of Levante (the Mediterranean Sea), and Cadiz for the South [Atlantic], the capital of the Northern Department was located in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, on the Galician coast.

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