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English Troops Capture Jamaica - 1655

English Troops Capture Jamaica - 1655 Visual Arts Legends and Legendary People Social Studies World History

The English captured Jamaica in May of 1655 when 7,000 soldiers who were supposed to take the island of Hispaniola went to Jamaica instead.

The mission to Hispaniola had failed, but Admiral William Penn and General Robert Venables did not want to leave the Caribbean area empty-handed.  Sailing to Jamaica, and deploying troops there, seemed to be a good idea.  The island had already been attacked by pirates and fleets from other European nations.

Villa de la Vega - known today as "Spanish Town" - fell to the English within two days, and 146 years of Spanish rule on the island would soon end forever.

In this image, the artist imagines how the situation may have appeared when Jamaica became an English possession.  The illustration appears near page 59 in Buccaneers 1620-1700 (by Angus Konstam, illustrated by Angus McBridge).

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Media Credits

Image, described above, online via Amazon.  Copyright Angus McBride and Osprey Publishing, all rights reserved.  Image provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new readers with the book and its illustrations.  

 

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