November 29, This day during the American Revolution

U S Military History

November 29, 1779 – Battle of San Fernando de Omoa was a short siege and battle between British and Spanish forces fought not long after Spain entered the American Revolutionary War on the American side. On 16 October 1779, following a brief attempt at siege, a force of 150 British soldiers and seamen assaulted and captured the fortifications at San Fernando de Omoa in the Captaincy General of Guatemala (now Honduras) on the Gulf of Honduras. The British forces managed to overwhelm and capture the Spanish garrison, consisting of 365 men. The British only held the fort until November 1779. They then withdrew the garrison, which tropical diseases had reduced, and which was under threat of a Spanish counter-attack. The British established some batteries to fire on the fort, and supported them with fire from three ships. Simón Desnaux, the fort’s commander, returned fire. He succeeded in damaging HMS Lowestoffe, which…

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