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Cape Finisterre, battles of

Cape Finisterre, battles of, 1747. The two encounters, in May and October 1747, were very similar in character, since they arose from the Royal Navy's attempt to cut off French communication with its American possessions. In the first, Anson annihilated a smaller squadron protecting a convoy. In the second, Hawke sank six out of nine warships, though most of the merchantmen managed to escape.

J. A. Cannon

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Finisterre, Cape

Cape Finisterre (fĬnĬstâr´) [Lat. finis terrae=land's end], rocky promontory, extreme NW Spain, on the Atlantic coast of Galicia. Off the cape, the English won two naval battles against the French (1747, in the War of the Austrian Succession; 1805, in the Napoleonic Wars).

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