battle of Vigo Bay

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In August 1702, at the outset of the War of the Spanish Succession, Sir George Rooke and the duke of Ormond led an abortive expedition against Cadiz. On the way back they received news that a large Spanish treasure fleet and its escort was harboured in Vigo Bay. On 12 October they annihilated the enemy, sinking 11 men‐of‐war and taking 10 war vessels and 11 galleons. Though most of the treasure had been landed, the gains were enormous.

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