The First Dutch War in the Mediterranean

By R.C. Anderson, published November 1963

Abstract

The English were completely defeated in the Mediterranean within a year of the start of the First Dutch War. Dutch historians have provided further detail, enabling the author to give a more accurate and comprehensive account of events since he first wrote on the subject. Reinforcements could not be spared from the home theatre and the English squadron was both outgunned and outnumbered. Captain Appleton, in charge of the squadron’s second division, proved both unreliable and ineffective in a number of respects throughout the period, with his own actions and failures contributing to the squadron’s ultimate decisive defeat in a final engagement with the Dutch off Leghorn in March1653.

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Filed under: Dutch Wars | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Merchant Marines | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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