Capture of Pensacola (1719)

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Capture of Pensacola
Part of War of the Quadruple Alliance
Date May 1719
Location Pensacola
Result Status quo ante bellum
French Spanish
Commanders and leaders
Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville

The Capture of Pensacola took place in May 1719 during the War of the Quadruple Alliance when a French force led by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville took and occupied the settlement of Pensacola in the Spanish colony of Florida. The French occupied Pensacola until August 1719, when a large Spanish force arrived and compelled the small French garrison to surrender.[1][2] This Spanish occupation only lasted until September 1, when a French fleet arrived to reassert French control.[1]

The war ended status quo ante bellum and Pensacola was officially returned to Spanish control, though the French garrison did not withdraw until 1726.


  1. ^ a b Bense p.14
  2. ^ Marley p.242


  • Bense, Judith A. Archaeology of colonial Pensacola. University Press of Florida, 1999.
  • Claiborne, John. Mississippi, as a province, territory, and state. Contains a somewhat detailed account of the affair.
  • Marley, David. Wars of the Americas: a chronology of armed conflict in the New World, 1492 to the Present. ABC-Clio, 1998.

Coordinates: 30°20′52″N 87°17′50″W / 30.34778°N 87.29722°W / 30.34778; -87.29722 (Capture of Pensacola (1719))