1762 - British expedition against Cuba

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The siege lasted from June to August 1762

Description of Events

This article rapidly becoming quite large has been split into four distinct articles:

  1. Preparations and arrival (January to June 5, 1762) describing the Spanish preparations in 1761, the British preparations in 1762, the concentration of the British expeditionary forces in the West Indies and their arrival in front of Havana.
  2. Siege till the failed naval attack on Morro Castle (June 6 to July 1, 1762) describing the initial British operations, the preparations for the siege of Morro Castle and the failed naval bombardment of this castle.
  3. From the failed naval attack on Morro Castle till its capture (July 2 to July 30, 1762) describing the long siege of Morro Castle and its capture.
  4. Capture of Havana (July 31 to August 14, 1762) describing the British operations on the western side of the harbour, the summon of the city and its surrender.


These articles are mostly abridged and adapted version of texts from the following books which are now in the public domain:

  • Clowes, Wm. Laird: The Royal Navy – A History from the Earliest Time to the Present, Vol. III, Sampson Low, Marston and Company, London: 1898, pp. 238-239, 245-250
  • Corbett, Julian S.; England in the Seven Years' War – A Study in Combined Strategy, Vol II; New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1907; pp. 250-284
  • Fortescue, J. W.: A History of the British Army Vol. II, MacMillan, London, 1899, pp. 541-544

Other sources

Greentree, David; A Far-Flung Gamble - Havana 1762, Osprey Publishing

Sanchez-Galarraga, Jorge, Luis de Velasco - Siege of Havana, 1762, Seven Years War Association Journal Vol. XII No. 2


Andy Francis, Jean-Pierre Loriot and Juan for the information provided