Capture of Pensacola (1719)

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Capture of Pensacola
Part of War of the Quadruple Alliance
Plan de la baie de Pensacola (1744).png
Bay of Pensacola
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))