What was the Capture of Pensacola (1719)?


The Capture of Pensacola took place in May 1719 during the War of the Quadruple Alliance (1718 to 1720) when a French force led by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville took and occupied the settlement of Pensacola in the Spanish colony of Florida.


The French occupied Pensacola until August 1719, when a large Spanish force arrived and compelled the small French garrison to surrender.

This Spanish occupation only lasted until 01 September, when a French fleet arrived to reassert French control.

Aftermath and Legacy

The war ended status quo ante bellum and Pensacola was officially returned to Spanish control, though the French garrison did not withdraw until 1726.


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