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'Our insulted coasts': London newspapers and the invasion scare of 1781

Page, A ORCID: 0000-0003-4240-4292 2021 , ''Our insulted coasts': London newspapers and the invasion scare of 1781' , International Journal of Maritime History, vol. 33, no. 3 , pp. 445-463 , doi: 10.1177/08438714211037691.

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Abstract

At the end of August 1781, the combined fleets of France and Spain appeared in the mouth of the English Channel. Stormy weather and sickness soon forced them to retire to their home ports of Brest and Cadiz, and so this brief invasion threat attracts little more than passing reference in most studies of eighteenth-century Britain. This article examines the reporting of this crisis in London newspapers, which provides evidence of public interest in the navy and anxiety about the security of Britain.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Page, A
Keywords: American War of Independence, Anglo-French warfare, British navy, eighteenth century, invasion, London newspapers
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Maritime History
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN: 0843-8714
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/08438714211037691
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