The Royal Navy and the Caribbean, 1689-1763

By Christian Buchet, published February 1994


Between 1689 and 1763, Britain failed to capture the main Spanish and French possessions. Transporting and supplying British expeditions, which suffered morbidity on the crossing and in the islands, halved the number of effective men. When the supply line was switched to North America, regular supplies of fresh victuals were delivered. The Navy subsequently set up relay stations and improved its methods of shipbulding and naval administration, enabling it to capture the important Spanish and French defences of their Caribbean territories.

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Filed under: Eighteenth Century | Health at Sea | Caribbean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea

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