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Rum_Pirate
05-02-2018, 07:46 PM
That would be big contribution.

But it paid dearly for saluting the US Brig Andrew Doria.
Andrew Doria fired thirteen guns announcing their arrival. The Andrew Doria was saluted with an eleven gun response from Fort Orange. The British were not amused.


St. Eustatius, a Dutch-controlled island in the West Indies (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Indies), was an entrepot (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entrepot) that operated as a major trading centre despite its relatively small size.

During the American War of Independence (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_War_of_Independence) it assumed increased importance, because a British blockade (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockade) made it difficult to transport supplies directly across the Atlantic Ocean to US ports.

St. Eustatius became a crucial source of supplies, and its harbour was filled with American trading ships.

Its importance increased further following France's entry into the war (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franco-American_Alliance) in 1778 as it was used to help supply the French West Indian islands (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_West_Indies).

It is estimated that one half of all the American Revolutionary military supplies were trans-shipped through St. Eustatius.

I got here from reading about the Battle of St.Kitts :

https://www.sailsofglory.org/showthread.php?4860-The-Battle-of-Saint-Kitts

Rum_Pirate
05-02-2018, 08:15 PM
The First Salute (https://www.nytimes.com/1988/10/04/books/books-of-the-times-barbara-tuchman-s-telling-of-a-nation-s-birth.html)
I'm in the process of reading that right now. Y>

wizbang 13
05-02-2018, 11:31 PM
I was on Statia in November of 1976 for the bi centennialof that first salute . The last time I anchored my Seabird Yawl. It was sailing from that event to Antigua(via St Bart’s to drop off a friend), that I put her on the rocks. It was quite a big party, there were “tall ships” and cannon play.