"Passed Gibraltar and out through Straits"
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Strait of Gibraltar
Public DomainStrait of Gibraltar - Credit: NASA

Africa and Europe lie just 14km apart at the strait that links the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.   In the Ancient World, the strait was known as the “Pillars of Hercules”. 

The Strait has always been of extreme strategic importance, hence the longstanding British claim on the Rock of Gibraltar.   

 

Part of postcard depicting the Rock of Gibraltar (c.1810)
 
Part of postcard depicting the Rock of Gibraltar (c.1810)
Public DomainPart of postcard depicting the Rock of Gibraltar (c.1810) - Credit: unknown