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|The action off St. Domingo
Written by Cheryl
(10/4/2011 10:44 p.m.)
"Captain Frederick Wentworth ... being made commander in consequence of the action off St. Domingo..." (ch 4)
What is this mysterious "action off St. Domingo?" The short version is that after Trafalgar, a French squadron was pursued to the Carribean, specifically offshore of St. Kitts in San Domingo. There it was defeated by the British forces on February 6, 1806.
The above painting of the battle hangs in the Maritime Art Museum at Greenwich. More information about the battle and the artist can be found at the link below.
The battle and St. Domingo was of personal interest to Jane Austen - her brother Frank fought in the battle and Cassandra's fiancÚ, Tom Fowle, was a chaplain to a regiment bound for the West Indies, but he contracted a fever on the way there and died on St. Domingo.
|Maritime Art Museum at Greenwich|
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