The Anglo Spanish War

Overview

  • Era: First
  • History: Early in the French Revolutionary Wars, Spain was defeated by France and later became France's ally in return for support in Italy. This support led in turn to the British blockading the Spanish in the Americas, which was the start of the Anglo Spanish War. One of the great battles of this war is the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, where 15 British Ships of the Line bested 27 Spanish Ships and resulted in a memorable exchange to Admiral Jervis: "There are eight sail of the line, Sir John"; "Very well, sir"; "There are twenty sail of the line, Sir John"; "Very well, sir"; "There are twenty five sail of the line, Sir John"; "Very well, sir"; "There are twenty seven sail of the line, Sir John"; "Enough, sir, no more of that; the die is cast, and if there are fifty sail I will go through them".
  • Effect: No gold is produced by British and Spanish ports.

Strategy Thoughts

In the First Era, the focus should be on expansion and industry. An "ideal" turn involves the creation of one or two additional resources for production (such as playing an Industry card or Land Ho! and settling a new Port). This History Card yields a negative event for both Britain and Spain on Gold production from Ports (note that Industry would not be hampered), so as these two nations there is a slight benefit to avoiding settling Gold production until the Second Era.


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