A Place of Considerable Importance: Lord Cochrane and the Siege of Roses 1808

By Justin Reay FSA, published November 2009


Roses was the perfect place for French strategic needs. Less than half a day’s sail from Barcelona and within a day’s fast sail of the main French Mediterranean naval port of Toulon. As Lord Cochrane was to state, ‘the key to Catalonia’ which would only be safe if there was no danger of an assault from Roses 11 miles away. The strategic importance of Roses to French military ambitions was such that Napoleon himself was well aware of it. The Siege of Roses ended in a stalemate; although the French had achieved what they needed, it was at a price and they could not make the most of their new possession.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Napoleonic War | Spanish Succession | Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Harbours & Dockyards | Merchant Marines | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy | Weapons

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