Throughout the first English civil war, the Isles of Scilly, off the west coast of Cornwall, had escaped seeing any military action. In the spring of 1646, however, the Prince of Wales (later Charles II) took shelter on the island of St Mary's for six weeks after escaping from the mainland. After this, Parliament decided that they posed too great a threat in their current state, and in September a garrison was established on the islands.
Parliament takes the Isles of Scilly (75 words)
Historical Context Note
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