The Capture of Minorca 1708

By H T Dickinson, published August 1965


In the early Eighteenth Century Britain needed a strong, year round naval base in the Mediterranean to protect trade routes and to support the blockades of French and Spanish ports. The War of Spanish Succession provided an opportunity to take and use Port Mahon in Minorca as such a base. Details are given of the deployment of the military and naval forces used to take the port in support of Charles III of Austria, Pretender to the Spanish throne. Diplomatic moves leading to the Treaty of Utrecht 1715 secured Minorca as a major naval base until 1756.

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Filed under: Spanish Succession | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Strategy & Diplomacy

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