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Naval Battle 1782

Off St Lucia, West Indies, Rodney attacks de Grasses fleet and breaks the French line, resulting in a fine victory

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1782 Anglo Attacks Battles Breaks Dominica Grasse Indies Lucia Resulting Rodney Saintes Victory Wars Fleet


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This stunning print depicts the pivotal Naval Battle of St. Lucia, which took place on April 15, 1782, in the West Indies. The battle marked a significant turning point in the American Revolutionary War, as British Admiral George Rodney's fleet, numbering 12 ships, attacked and broke the French line, commanded by Admiral de Grasse, resulting in a fine victory for the Anglo-American forces. The battle took place off the coast of St. Lucia, a strategic island in the Caribbean, and was a crucial engagement in the larger war between Great Britain and France. De Grasse had arrived in the West Indies with a formidable fleet, intending to support French forces in the region and disrupt British trade. Rodney, determined to prevent this, set sail from Barbados with a smaller but agile fleet, intent on intercepting the French before they could fortify their position. The ensuing battle was fierce, with both sides suffering heavy losses. However, Rodney's tactical maneuvers proved effective, and he was able to break through the French line, leaving de Grasse's fleet vulnerable to attack. The victory was a significant morale boost for the British, and it allowed them to maintain control of the West Indies and disrupt French operations in the region. This historical print captures the drama and intensity of the Naval Battle of St. Lucia, a pivotal moment in the American Revolutionary War and the larger conflict between Great Britain and France. The image is a testament to the bravery and skill of the sailors and commanders on both sides and serves as a reminder of the important role naval battles played in shaping the course of history.

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