The national newspaper La Razón published on February 4 the anniversary of the recovery of Menorca by the Spanish Navy on the same day in the year 1782, now 240 years ago. At that time, the Island was under British rule and, as reflected verbatim in said report, “the capture of Menorca was of great importance (although it was temporary, since it was lost again only a few years later), not only for national pride, but because more than 80 corsairs sheltered in the port of Mahón”.
It was on August 19 when a Franco-Spanish squad, made up of 52 ships under the command of the Duke of Crillón, landed in the coves of Sa Mesquida and Alcaufar. The fleet was divided into three groups bound for the ports of Mahón, Ciudadela and Fornells, with the aim of disembarking in unison and “preventing the departure of enemy vessels that could communicate news to the British and request reinforcements”.
In the surroundings of the fort of San Felipe, 200 prisoners were taken and 160 cannons were taken and an incessant siege began, gradually decimating the English defenses, until on February 4, 1782, when the white flag was raised on top of the fortification.
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