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War in the West Indies

The Anglo-Spanish War 1655-1660

War in the West Indies : The Anglo-Spanish War 1655-1660

Series : Century of the Soldier 1618-1721

Author : Paul Sutton

Paperback Helion & Company 248mm x 180mm 336 pages 18-20 colour ills

Not yet published - in Autumn 2020 list

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In 1655  Oliver Cromwell, England’s Lord Protector, sent a fleet to attack and seize Spanish possessions in South America. The English was flexing its muscles on the international stage and for political, religious and commercial reasons chose to attacked a weakened Spain in the West Indies believing it a soft target. In late 1654 possibly the largest military force  to date ever to leave English shores set sail from Portsmouth under the command of General Robert Venables and Admiral William Penn.

This book describes the reasons for war with Spain, the army and fleet assembled at Cromwell’s bidding and its objective. The attack on Hispaniola  in April 1655 will be explained in detail along with the reasons for its failure as will the occupation of Jamaica as will the beginnings of the Spanish war of resistance.  A subsequent volume will recount the war on Jamaica from the end of 1655 until 1660.

This work draws upon extensive primary source material from England and Spain as well as the copious amounts of letters and narratives of soldiers and sailors present, from both sides.

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Book Size
248mm x 180mm
336 pages
18-20 colour ills
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