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Battle of the Saintes

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles on Friday, 1 April 2011

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12 April marks the anniversary of the Battle of the Saintes (also known as the Battle of the Saints), in which admiral Rodney defeated the French and Spanish Fleets in the West Indies in 1782.

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Admiral Sir George Rodney

The battle took place during the American War of Independence during which French and Spanish forces were planning an invasion of Jamaica. The British fleet under Admiral Sir George Rodney faced the French fleet under the Comte De Grasse as the French made their way for Guadeloupe, forming a line of battle as they faced their enemy. A fortunate shift in the wind allowed Rodney to break through the line, raking the ships as they did so with cannon fire. In the melee that followed, four French ships were captured and one blew up. De Grasse surrendered and many of his ships fled.

Although Rodney was made a peer for his victory, he was also criticised for not giving chase to the French fleet.

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