Attack on Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

30th June 1599 - 4th July 1599
Part of : Eighty Years War (1568 - 1648)
Previous action : Attack on Principe Island August 1598 - October 1598
Next action : Attack on São Tomé 19th October 1599 - November 1599

A Dutch fleet of 74 ships and 12,000 men, commanded by Pieter van der Does, attacked the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (the city had 3,500 of Gran Canaria's 8,545 inhabitants). The Dutch attacked the Castillo de la Luz, which guarded the harbor. The Canarians evacuated civilians from the city, and the Castillo surrendered (but not the city). The Dutch moved inland, but Canarian cavalry drove them back to Tamaraceite, near the city.

 

Dutch Republic - Pieter van der Does

 
Dutch Vessels
Ship NameGunsCommanderNotes
Oranje UnknownWillem Dirckszoon Cloyer
 

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