Shirley's Gold Coast expedition

  • in 1781, great britain declared war on the dutch republic, opening the fourth anglo-dutch war. as part of its offensive strategy, the british organized an expedition against dutch colonial outposts on the gold coast of africa (present-day ghana). captain thomas shirley led the expedition, commanding hms leander and several transports carrying two small regiments of independently raised troops under the command of captain kenneth mackenzie of the 78th foot.[1]

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In 1781, Great Britain declared war on the Dutch Republic, opening the Fourth Anglo-Dutch War. As part of its offensive strategy, the British organized an expedition against Dutch colonial outposts on the Gold Coast of Africa (present-day Ghana). Captain Thomas Shirley led the expedition, commanding HMS Leander and several transports carrying two small regiments of independently raised troops under the command of Captain Kenneth Mackenzie of the 78th Foot.[1]