French West Indies, the
conquered, the British
turned their arms against the French West India Islands
, in which the colonies participated.
Gaudeloupe had already been taken.
, after submitting his commission as governor to the council of New York, sailed from that port (January, 1762), with two line-of-battle ships, 100 transports, and 1,200 regulars and colonial troops.
(afterwards adjutant-general of the Continental
army) went with Monckton
as aide-de-camp, and carried to England
the news of the capture of Martinique
(afterwards a general in the Continental
army) held the rank of captain in this expedition.
The colonial troops were led by Gen. Phineas Lyman
, St. Lucia
, and St. Vincent's—indeed, every island in the Caribbean group possessed by the French-fell into the hands of the English
The French fleet was ruined, and French merchantmen were driven from the seas.
British vessels, including those of New York and New England
, now obtained the carrying-trade of those islands; also, under safe conducts and flags of truce, that of Santo Domingo