The Capture of Puerto Bello in 1739

A little more about one of my forebears from the British History Facebook page.


The Capture of Puerto Bello, ‪#‎OnThisDay‬ in 1739, by George Chambers Senior c. 1836

In the summer of 1739, during a debate in the House of Commons relating to the deteriorating situation with Spain in the West Indies, Captain Edward Vernon claimed he could take the Spanish town of Puerto Bello, Panama, on the north side of the Isthmus of Darien with six ships of the line. He was taken at his word, promoted to Vice-Admiral and given six ships to redeem his pledge. The war became known as the War of Jenkins’ Ear. The main obstacle to be overcome was the Iron Castle at the northern side of the entrance to the harbour. Vernon succeeded in taking the town and in…

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