The Taking of Goree, 1758

By A.J. Marsh, published May 1965


The Honourable Augustus Keppel enjoyed powerful family influence and circumnavigated the world with Anson.  After capturing Goree , the first successful combined operation of the Seven Years’ War, he commanded the landing on Belle Isle in 1761 and had an important part in the capture of Havana in 1762.  The reasons for attacking Goree are reviewed, and the island’s defenses and Keppel’s force described.  The French quickly surrendered in the face of a well planned and executed attack.  Keppel arranged for the island to be held before leaving.  Finally the later history of Goree is outlined.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Seven Years’ War
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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