The Spanish Main 1492-1800

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Osprey Publishing, 2006 - History - 64 pages
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The ‘Spanish Main’ – the Spanish possessions in the West Indies and the Central American and Mexican coast – was the envy of Englishmen, Frenchmen and Dutchmen from the 16th to the 19th centuries. To counter their assaults as well as those of pirates, the Spanish built an outstanding system of fortifications – much of which still stands today. This title will cover the three main periods of development including the first ‘castles’ in Americas based on medieval styles built to protect against marauding adventurers including Sir Francis Drake. Later these forts were adapted to reflect the improved power of artillery. Following the fall of Havana to the British in 1762, the defences of the Spanish Main were revealed as outmoded and a complete reconstruction of them was ordered in the final stage of development as tremendous Vauban-style fortifications were created.

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User Review  - bookmarkaussie - LibraryThing

A good read that packs in so much information in such a small book. My only complaints are minor, it concentrates on the major fortifications and it is unclear how strong their garrisons were in many cases. Maybe that isn't known now. As I said my complaints are minor. Read full review

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User Review  - Ken Angle - Goodreads

Great illustrations! Content lacking! Read full review

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About the author (2006)

René Chartrand was born in Montreal and educated in Canada, the United States and the Bahamas. A senior curator with Canada's National Historic Sites for nearly three decades, he is now a freelance writer and historical consultant. He has written numerous articles and books including almost 20 Osprey titles and the first two volumes of Canadian Military Heritage. He lives in Quebec, with his wife and two sons.

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