Prise de Rio - Janeiro.22 Sept. 1711.
Steel engraving, image 155 x 250mm. 6 x 9¾". Chipped lower left.
French ships entering the harbour of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Battle of Rio de Janeiro was a raid in September 1711 on the port during the War of Spanish Succession by a French squadron under buccaneer René Duguay-Trouin. The Portuguese defenders, including the city's governor and an admiral of the fleet anchored there, were unable to put up effective resistance in spite of numerical advantages. Four Portuguese ships of the line were lost, and the city had to pay a ransom to avoid the destruction of its defences. For the 'Galerie historique de Versailles', numbered '346' above image.
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