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The Anglo-Spanish War 1655-1660 Volume 2

War in Jamaica

Series : Century of the Soldier 1618-1721 #74

Author : Paul Sutton

The Anglo-Spanish War 1655-1660 Volume 2 : War in Jamaica


General - Pages : 318 | Images : 20 b/w ills, 8 colour maps

Paperback - Date of Publication : 8th September 2021 | Size : 248mm x 180mm | ISBN : 9781914059711 | Helion Book Code : HEL1353

In 1655 Oliver Cromwell, England’s Lord Protector, sent a fleet to attack and seize Spanish possessions in South America.  After initial failure on Hispaniola the English occupied Jamaica and in so doing started a five year war with Spain in the West Indies, but one that was also to spread to Europe. This is the second of a two book series that describes the military campaign from late 1655 until 1660. It also puts the events that occurred in the West Indies into context with the wider European political situation and explains how the war spread to Europe.

Utilising numerous English and Spanish sources the early years of the Jamaican colony are described in detail, whilst extensive previously unpublished Spanish maps of the island are reproduced .  The book charts the course of the Spanish resistance and how challenging they were to English settlement but it also illustrates the division between the fractious Spanish government .  Under the indomitable leadership of Edward Doyley the English faced high mortality from disease and famine along with Spanish invasion attempts but persevered to establish the jewel in the crown of the British colonial possessions in the Caribbean. The changing nature of the English forces are examined, as is the development of the nascent economy developed as are the roles that privateering and slavery played in this development. The book concludes with the transition from a Commonwealth to a Crown colony and the advent of civilian rule. Appendices also describe the occupation by the English of both Tortuga and the Cayman Islands as they gradually expanded the empire in the northern Caribbean. 

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