» High quality reproduction of the 1735 plan "An Exact Draught of the Bay and Harbour of Vigo", from Rapin & Tindall's History of England.
The naval Battle of Vigo Bay (or Battle of Rande) was fought on 23 October 1702 between an Anglo-Dutch fleet commanded by Admiral Sir George Rooke (with Lieutenant-Admiral Philips van Almonde commanding the Dutch squadron), and a combined French and Spanish fleet commanded by Admirals François Louis Rousselet de Chateau-Renault and Manuel de Velasco.
The battle was an attempt by the joint Anglo-Dutch forces to capture a Spanish treasure fleet that had recently arrived in Galicia from Havana. Despite the heavy defences Rooke won a famous victory, although the bulk of the silver bullion escaped him. Rumors that the treasure sank in the Bay were incorporated into the plot of Jules Verne's novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea ; Captain Nemo's crew earn money by salvaging amongst the wrecks.
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