What was King George’s War (1744-1748)?

Introduction King George’s War (1744-1748) is the name given to the military operations in North America that formed part of the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748). It was the third of the four French and Indian Wars. It took place primarily in the British provinces of New York, Massachusetts Bay (which included Maine as… Read More

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What was the Second Silesian War (1744-1745)?

Introduction The Second Silesian War (German: Zweiter Schlesischer Krieg) was a war between Prussia and Austria that lasted from 1744 to 1745 and confirmed Prussia’s control of the region of Silesia (now in south-western Poland). The war was fought mainly in Silesia, Bohemia, and Upper Saxony and formed one theatre of the wider War of… Read More

What was the Siege of St. Augustine (1740)?

Introduction The Siege of St. Augustine was a military engagement that took place during June–July 1740. It was a part of the much larger conflict known as the War of Jenkins’ Ear, between Great Britain and Spain. Background After some mutual minor skirmishes, Governor James Oglethorpe of the colony of Georgia raised a mixed force… Read More

What was the Battle of Cartagena de Indias (1741)?

Introduction The Battle of Cartagena de Indias took place during the 1739 to 1748 War of Jenkins’ Ear between Spain and Britain. The result of long-standing commercial tensions, the war was primarily fought in the Caribbean; the British tried to capture key Spanish ports in the region, including Porto Bello and Chagres in Panama, Havana,… Read More

What was the Battle of Porto Bello (1739)?

Introduction The Battle of Porto Bello, or the Battle of Portobello, was a 1739 battle between a British naval force aiming to capture the settlement of Portobelo in Panama, and its Spanish defenders. It took place during the War of the Austrian Succession, in the early stages of the war sometimes known as the War… Read More

What was the War of Jenkin’s Ear (1739-1748)?

Introduction The War of Jenkins’ Ear (known as Guerra del Asiento in Spain) was a conflict between Britain and Spain lasting from 1739 to 1748, mainly in New Granada and among the West Indies of the Caribbean Sea, with major operations largely ended by 1742. Its name, coined by British historian Thomas Carlyle in 1858,… Read More