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1845. Excerpt: ... I BOOK TWELFTH. 1778. D' Estaing and Hotham were
not yet arrived in the West Indies, when commodore Evans had made a
descent upon the two islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, both very
favorably situated for the fishery of Newfoundland. Being almost
without defense, he occupied them easily; and, as if he had wished
to efface every vestige of the French domination, he imitated the
conduct of barbarians, and utterly destroyed the habitations,
storehouses, and scaffoldings which had been constructed for the
use of the fishery. He afterwards embarked all the inhabitants,
who, with the garrisons, amounted to two thousand souls, and sent
them to Europe. The French made themselves ample amends for this
loss, by seizing, as they did soon after, the island of Dominica;
which, being situated between Guadaloupe and Martinico, was of the
last consequence to the future operations in that part. Of this the
British government was not ignorant, and therefore had fortified it
with diligence, and furnished it with a formidable artillery. But
neither the garrison nor the munitions corresponded to the
importance of its local position; the public magazines were nearly
empty, and all the soldiers in the island scarcely amounted to five
hundred; the greater part militia. For a long time, the members of
the opposition in parliament, and the merchants of London, had
complained aloud that the islands of the West Indies were left
without sufficient garrisons, and, as it were, abandoned to the
discretion of the enemy. But all these remonstrances had been vain;
whether the war of America had absorbed all the cares of the
ministers, or that it had deprived them of the means of sending
troops into those islands. The French, on the contrary, were in
such force in their colonies, as to be...
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