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'Our insulted coasts': London newspapers and the invasion scare of 1781


Page, A, 'Our insulted coasts': London newspapers and the invasion scare of 1781, International Journal of Maritime History, 33, (3) pp. 445-463. ISSN 0843-8714 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/08438714211037691


At the end of August 1781, the combined fleets of France and Spain appeared in the mouth of the English Channel. Stormy weather and sickness soon forced them to retire to their home ports of Brest and Cadiz, and so this brief invasion threat attracts little more than passing reference in most studies of eighteenth-century Britain. This article examines the reporting of this crisis in London newspapers, which provides evidence of public interest in the navy and anxiety about the security of Britain.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:American War of Independence, Anglo-French warfare, British navy, eighteenth century, invasion, London newspapers
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:British history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Page, A (Dr Anthony Page)
ID Code:148410
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2022-01-08
Last Modified:2022-03-17

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