Pedro de Valdéz

Pedro de Valdéz (Don)
Birth and death
1544 - 1615
Profession details
Spanish Admiral
Related place
Alistair Grant

Don Pedro de Valdéz (1544-1615), Spanish Admiral. Valdéz commanded the fleet from Andalusia during the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. His galleon 'Nuestra Señora del Rosario' collided with another Spanish ship and was captured by Francis Drake off Plymouth. After the Armada had scattered and fled he was presented to Elizabeth I who refused to speak to him, saying only "Drake, God give thee joy of this prisoner." As the most senior prisoner Don Pedro was placed in the custody of Richard Drake, along with two other prisoners , Don Alonzo de Zayas, and Don Vasco de Silva. At Esher Manor Valdéz was detained in comfort, but was often paraded as a trophy before military and naval officers. Parties were held at which 'the Spanish grandees' were paraded before the revellers. During his captivity at Esher Don Pedro helped revise the 1st Spanish/English dictionary, which was published in 1591. He was finally repatriated in 1593 for a ransom of £1500 and exchanged for an English prisoner held in France. He later became Governor of Cuba.

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