Capture of St Eustatius 1781

Capture of St Eustatius 1781
Capture of St Eustatius 1781
Product Code: HM0032
Availability: Out Of Stock
Price: £80.00

Bronze 24mm.

Bust of Admiral Rodney facing right.Rev: Rodney's flagship H.M.S.Sandwich.

BHM 237

About very fine,sometime cleaned.

The Capture of St Eustatius took place in February 1781 during the American War of Independence when British army and naval forces under General John Vaughan and Admiral George Rodney seized the Dutch-owned Caribbean island of St Eustatius. The capture was controversial in Britain, as it was alleged that Vaughan and Rodney had used the opportunity to enrich themselves and had neglected more important military duties. The island was subsequently taken by Dutch-allied French forces in late 1781, ending the British occupation.

George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, KB (. 13 February 1718 – 24 May 1792) was a British naval officer. He is best known for his commands in the American War of Independence, particularly his victory over the French at the Battle of the Saintes in 1782. It is often claimed that he was the commander to have pioneered the tactic of "breaking the line".

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