battles of Cape Finisterre

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The two encounters, in May and October 1747, were similar in character, since they arose from the Royal Navy's attempt to cut French communication with its American possessions. In the first, Anson annihilated a smaller squadron protecting a convoy. In the second, Hawke sank six warships, though most of the merchantmen managed to escape.

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