Sir George Rodney and St Eustatius in the American War: a Commercial and Naval Distraction, 1775-81

By Kenneth Breen, published May 1998


During the American Revolution the Dutch Caribbean island of St Eustatius was a major transit point for trade with the rebels and French islands. The British Administration was particularly aggrieved by British merchants who supplied the majority of the goods, thereby sustaining the country’s enemies. To eliminate the trade the island was invaded in February 1781. Breen’s research seeks to ascertain the consequences of the action, particularly in relation to Admiral Rodney. He concludes that although the trade was eliminated, the war was not shortened, diplomacy suffered a setback and the strategy was misplaced.

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Filed under: American Revolution | Caribbean
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

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