The Anglo-Spanish War 1655-1660

The War in the West Indies

Paul Sutton

This book outlines the plans for the English attack on the Spanish West Indies in 1655, their defeat on Hispaniola and occupation of Jamaica until the end of 1655.
Date Published :
April 2021
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
20 b/w illustrations, 8 pages color maps, 4 b/w maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913336639
Pages : 334
Dimensions : 9.8 X 7.1 inches
Stock Status : Available


In 1655 Oliver Cromwell, England’s Lord Protector, sent a fleet to attack and seize Spanish possessions in South America. The English was flexing its muscles on the international stage and for political, religious and commercial reasons chose to attacked a weakened Spain in the West Indies believing it a soft target. In late 1654 possibly the largest military force to date ever to leave English shores set sail from Portsmouth under the command of General Robert Venables and Admiral William Penn.

This book describes the reasons for war with Spain, the army and fleet assembled at Cromwell’s bidding and its objective. The attack on Hispaniola in April 1655 will be explained in detail along with the reasons for its failure as will the occupation of Jamaica as will the beginnings of the Spanish war of resistance. A subsequent volume will recount the war on Jamaica from the end of 1655 until 1660.

This work draws upon extensive primary source material from England and Spain as well as the copious amounts of letters and narratives of soldiers and sailors present, from both sides.

About The Author

Paul Sutton hails from England but currently resides in Australia. He owns and manages an international removal company that operates across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He is married to Kanya and together they have two sons, Stuart and Jamie.


"A carefully researched, very readable account of an obscure campaign with great wargaming potential: highly recommended."

- Miniature Wargames

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