In 1762, at the end of the Seven Years War, a small but technically proficient force of British Army regulars and East India Company soldiers, supported by the ships and men of the East Indies Squadron of the Royal Navy, sailed from Madras to capture Manila. Commanded by General William Draper and Vice-Admiral Samuel Cornish, they captured the greatest Spanish fortress in the western Pacific and attempted to establish a trade with China.
Nicholas Tracy is Adjunct Professor at the University of New Brunswick. He has undertaken numerous studies for the Canadian Departments of National Defence and of External Affairs and his published work includes books and articles on British naval history, international affairs and strategic studies.
A fine treatment of a neglected event, explained within the context of the times by a scholar who is intimately familiar with the sources and the issues.
The Northern Mariner
This a short book . . . but one that is nevertheless effective and the product of much scholarship, including archival research in both Britain and Spain.
War in History, vol. 5, No. 2
Nicholas Tracy, making use of a large number of British and some Spanish documents, has in Manila Ransomed written what is probably the definitive account in English of the British capture and occupation of Manila during the Seven Years War. Manila Ransomed is a worthy addition to the Exeter Maritime Series.
Mariner's Mirror, vol. 82
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