The New Student's Reference Work/St. Vincent, Cape
St. Vin′cent, Cape, forms the southwestern corner of Portugal, off which two important battles have taken place. On June 16, 1693, the French fleet defeated the English Admiral Rooke, who lost 12 men-of-war and 80 merchantmen that were sailing under his convoy. On Feb. 14, 1797, the well-known battle was fought in which Earl St. Vincent, ably seconded by Lord Nelson, with 15 sail of the line and 7 frigates defeated the Spanish with 27 sail. This victory prevented the invasion of England by France.