Siege of Montevideo (1812–14)

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Siege of Montevideo (1812-1814)
Part of the Second Banda Oriental campaign
Montevideo 1813-B.png
Map of Montevideo with besieging lines, 1813.
Location Montevideo
34°51′12″S 56°10′13″W / 34.85333°S 56.17028°W / -34.85333; -56.17028Coordinates: 34°51′12″S 56°10′13″W / 34.85333°S 56.17028°W / -34.85333; -56.17028
Result Patriot victory
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg United Provinces of the Río de la Plata Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931).svg Spanish Empire
Commanders and leaders
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg José Rondeau
Flag of Argentina (alternative).svg William Brown
Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931).svg Gaspar de Vigodet
Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931).svg Miguel de la Sierra
Units involved
~4.000 ~7.000
For other uses, see Siege of Montevideo.
Honorary shield granted to the troops after taking Montevidéu.

The event known as Second Siege of Montevideo (Spanish: Segundo Sitio de Montevideo) took place between 1812 and 1814, when the patriotic troops led by José Rondeau besieged the city of Montevideo, still held by Spanish loyalists under the leadership of Gaspar de Vigodet. The siege was successful and marked the end of the Spanish presence in present-day Uruguay.

During this whole period and just like in the failed first siege of Montevideo, supplied from over the sea, the city held out, until May 17, 1814. Then, the naval victories of Admiral William Brown, cut off the supply route and the city faced starvation. By the end of June, Vigodet was forced to surrender Montevideo to General Carlos María de Alvear.

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