Book Review-‘Gibraltar: The greatest siege in British history’ by R. and L. Adkin

By Richard Harding, published October 2020


The end of the American War of Independence in 1783 left Britons with few reasons to feel anything other than relief that the conflict was over. Although a Franco-Spanish invasion attempt in 1779 had been defeated, and Rodney had won a tremendous victory at the Saintes in April 1782, most of the North American colonies had been lost. Jamaica had been saved, but Minorca had fallen to Spanish invasion in 1782 and a number of islands in the Lesser Antilles had also been taken. Apart from the Saintes, the one event that shone for Britain was the defence of Gibraltar. From June 1779 until February 1783 the garrison held out against a Spanish and French siege by land and sea…

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Filed under: Atlantic | Eighteenth Century
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

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