In the context of the War of Succession to the Spanish throne at the beginning of the 18th century (a veritable international conflagration between European powers of the time), English troops occupied the Rock of Gibraltar (1704) and the island of Menorca on behalf of Charles of Austria. (1708). Through the Treaty of Utrecht (1713),. . .
The English garrison and other besieged in San Felipe the day they surrendered numbered 3,101 people: 2 lieutenant generals, 1 field marshal, 3 colonels, 4 lieutenant colonels, 11 majors, 38 captains, 80 lieutenants, 27 second lieutenants, 2,501 between sergeants, corporals and soldiers, 3 chaplains, 17 surgeons and doctors, 3 advisers, 154 women, 221 children and. . .
After almost two months weakening the fort with artillery, on January 6, 1782, the final assault began. The Duke of Crillón went with his aides and generals to the Talaiot de Trepucó, from where a volley of rifles was launched, followed by another from the French and another from the Germans (the French were camped. . .
On November 11, the besiegers’ mortar batteries began to function. In the early days, the only damage inside the Castle was a small 6-pounder cannon. The Castle’s gunners also managed to sink a supply ship that was attempting to unload at the Georgetown dock. Minister José Moñino y Redondo, Count of Floridablanca, sent the largest. . .
Governor Murray began the defense of San Felipe Castle with two objectives: to await the arrival of a relief convoy and to hold out as long as possible to help his comrades in Gibraltar. The defense comprised the Castle itself; to the south, separated by Cala San Esteban, was Fort Malborough and, to the north,. . .
On August 19, 1781, the squad of Lieutenant General Duke of Crillon, supported by a contingent of French troops, landed in Menorca to conquer its territory. From then on, the old ambition of recovering one of the two enclaves lost by the Spanish Crown after the War of Succession ended began to materialize. Due to. . .
In September 1706 the Allied fleet supported the uprisings of the people of Ibiza and Mallorca to proclaim Charles king of Spain. Once the Bourbons capitulated, the fleet withdrew to winter in Atlantic ports. The following month, the Menorcans were debating between two options: wait for the arrival of the Allied fleet or get up. . .
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. . .
On February 1st, Diario Menorca dedicated its section “Mira Menorca” to a very curious and original piece of news about the initiative of an individual who, through the Las Fortificaciones de Menorca Instagram account, is dedicated to recreating episodes from history military of the Island using Playmobil dolls dressed in the military costumes of the. . .
The following video explains the main features of the Castle of San Felipe before its demolition. In front of the 4 bastions the 4 counterguards were built and, between them, the revellines were built. More at the forefront, as the first line of defense, the rear windows or the outer redoubts. On the sea line,. . .