Ferrol

Ferrol

[Spanish fer-rawl]
noun
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El Ferrol

[el fer-rawl]
noun
a seaport in NW Spain: naval arsenal and dockyard.
Also called Ferrol.
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El Ferrol (Spanish ɛl fɛˈrrɔl)
 
n
Former name: El Ferrol del Caudillo a port in NW Spain, on the Atlantic: fortified naval base, with a deep natural harbour. Pop: 78 764 (2003 est)

Ferrol (Spanish fɛˈrrɔl)
 
n
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ferrol

port city, A Coruna provincia (province), in the northern section of the comunidad autonoma (autonomous community) of Galicia, in extreme northwestern Spain. It is located on the Ferrol Inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. Named for a farol (lighthouse) that marked the entrance to its harbour, the then fishing village of Ferrol was chosen in 1726 by King Philip V as the site for a naval base. Ferdinand VI set up (1746-59) shipbuilding yards there; between 1769 and 1774 Charles III added the royal naval arsenal and erected fortifications. After 1939 the city's name became El Ferrol del Caudillo because it was the birthplace of Gen. Francisco Franco, who had become caudillo (leader) of Spain; in the 1980s, however, the longer name was abolished.

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