✹ About Tuesday 10 July 1666 San Diego Sarah on 10 Jul 2020 • Link Kevin Dixon, a local historian who contributes to Torbay Undiscovered, Lost, Forgotten, Unloved! blog, reports finding evidence that: "Between July 10 - 14, 1666, and again on October 20, 1666 a fleet of 'Guinea Ships' assembled in Torbay. This gathering was to celebrate the foundation of the West Africa Company. "Those ships were on route to West Africa. The owners were an English mercantile, or trading, company set up by the Stuart family and City of London merchants. "Originally known as The Company of Royal Adventurers Trading to Africa, its charter was issued in 1660 and gave it a monopoly over English trade along the West coast of Africa. With the help of the army and navy, it established forts on the African coast. "While its original objective was the search for gold, in 1663 a new charter was issued - this included the trade in slaves. "... the company fell into debt in 1667 and its activities were much reduced, ..." and he found no more local content until after the end of the Diary.