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The Battle of the Dunes

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1086800.  Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:58 pm Reply with quote

In 1657 Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland, sent an army over to France to fight, allied with the French, the Spanish who were in what was then the Spanish Netherlands - very roughly what is now Belgium and bits of Northern France. The end result was the Battle of the Dunes (1658) which won for England possession of Dunkirk and Mardyke, our last mainland continental territories.*

Dunkirk was a particularly useful acquisition as it had been a nest of pirates who preyed upon English shipping.
Cromwell died in September 1658 and in 1660 Charles II was allowed back as king. He lost no time in selling Dunkirk and Mardyke to the French.

* I suppose that Gibraltar is a mainland possession, but I've always rather looked upon it as island-like.

Edited to add footnote.

Last edited by NickF on Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:44 pm; edited 1 time in total

1086859.  Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:57 pm Reply with quote

See also post 108249

1086937.  Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:56 am Reply with quote

Ducks, tetsabb?

But thanks for the info, NickF. I didn't previously know that we had Dunkirk more recently than we lost Calais.


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