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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Posted by Marianne Perdomo on Wednesday 30th of August 2017 13:45

The story goes longer... The Dutch did conquer the city, after it was rendered undefensible. The locals retreated inland. The Dutch asked for tribute, which was eventually denied (they couldn't have paid it, anyway). A part of the Dutch Army marched inland, but was repealed by the locals in an ambush. The Dutch retreated hurriedly, finished loading their booty and set fire to the city, then boarded their ships.
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