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of the British power in that part of the world. Upon the return of Admiral Sir George Rodney from New York to St. Lucia, towards the close of the year 1780, the reports which were received, of the ruinous and dismantled state of the island of St. Vincent, through the effects of the late hurricane, induced that commander and Gen. Vaughan, to undertake an expedition for the recovery of that #. Some troops, with the marines of the fleet, were accordingly landed; but after a day’s continuance on the island, the enemy were found in such force, and their works in such condition, that the commanders fuffered the mortification of being obliged to re-embark the troops, without venturing to hazard an attack. It was not much more than a month after this ineffective attempt, when the commanders in chief by sea and land, in consequence of instrućtions from England, direéted their views to the redućtion of the Dutch island of St. Eustatius. This island, barren and contemptible in itself, has iong been the seat of a lucrative and prodigious commerce ; and indeed might be confidered as the grand free port of the West-Indies and America, and as a general market, and magazine, to all nations. Its richest harvests were, however, during the seasons of warfare amongst its neighbours; owing to its neutrality and situa

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