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Bombardment of the Morro Castle, Havana, 1 July 1762

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum

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An interpretation of the Capture of Havana, the last major operation of the Seven Years War, 1756–1763, which took place between June and August 1762. This constituted the largest amphibious operation mounted by Britain, with over 15,000 troops involved. Late in 1761, Spain entered the Seven Years War in support of France. The British Government immediately planned offensive operations against Spain's overseas possessions, in particular Havana, which was the capital of the western dominions, with Manila the capital of the eastern.

National Maritime Museum



mid-18th C


oil on canvas


H 76.2 x W 102.9 cm

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