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Capture of French Guiana by Portuguese forces

6th January 1809 - 12th January 1809
Part of : The Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815)
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The Portuguese conquest of French Guiana was an 1809 military operation against Cayenne, capital of the South American colony of French Guiana, in the scope of the Napoleonic Wars. The operation was performed by a combined expeditionary force that included Portuguese Army and Navy, and the British sixth-rate Brig HMS Confiance).


The French capitulate at January 12th, 1809.




Army: 2,700 regulars 

Navy: 550 marines 

Brig – Voador

Brig - Infante Dom Pedro
Schooner - General Magalhães (escuna)
Cutter - Vingança
Cutter - Leão 

And 3 gunboats

Frigate sixth-rate - HMS Confiance




Army : 450 regulars, 800 militia 



Allied (Portugal & United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland) -
Manuel Marques de SousaPortugese
Service 1743-1820

Ship NameCommanderNotes
Infante Don Pedro (24) 1808-1822
Portugese 24 Gun
Unrated Brig
Voador (22) 1790
Portugese 22 Gun
Unrated Brig
Confiance (22) 1805-1810
British 22 Gun
Unrated Sloop
James Lucas YeoBritish
Naval Sailor
Service 1797-1818



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