June 16, 2016

Today in History: Failed Spanish siege of Gibraltar begins (1779)

John RobsonResident Historian

June 16 marks the beginning of a determined Spanish siege of Gibraltar in 1779 that lasted more than 1300 days. 

We are extraordinarily fortunate that it failed. It might seem a bit pushy for Britain to seize the Rock in 1704 and keep it as part of the War of the Spanish Succession because you just never know. But even then Britain was a bastion of liberty and Spain was not.

In the darkest part of the Second World War, the tenacity of the garrison in defending Gibraltar nearly two centuries earlier had a pivotal impact in the ability of the UK to maintain control of the seas and vital supply lines and resist Hitler.

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commented 2016-06-16 16:59:45 -0400
“The British weren’t going to be pushed around by the Spanish”. Just like today they are not going to be pushed around by the EU, the UN and Islam. NOT! What a pathetic bunch. They should have just let Hitler win the war and save millions of lives if this how they end up.
commented 2016-06-16 15:34:15 -0400
Thanks professor ROBSON
I remember taking this course along time ago , your rendering is more interesting
All the important sea gates of the world was once the possession of the British empire and America, sadly we are giving them away to our enemies , and Gibraltar will go soon along with the Falklands
commented 2016-06-16 12:45:02 -0400
@peter NETTERVILLE, my statement was a compliment of the highest order. People misunderstanding me happens to me from time to time. I guess, I suck at communication or some people just can’t wrap their heads around my meaning?
commented 2016-06-16 12:30:06 -0400
History has pretty much vanished form the school curriculum for several decades now.
Back in the day it was my best and favourite subject.
Today we see the results as the masses having NO understanding of where we have been . . . so the same masses have no problem entertaining the same Failed Policies of the Past.
This of course gives you a clue as to why the under 40s today think “Marxism/socialism” . . . is a viable alternative to freedom and prosperity.
commented 2016-06-16 11:58:33 -0400
@ John Landry

You can always tell an asshole by the rude comments he/she/it leaves.

Does it make you pee your pants in joy when you insult people for no other reason that to be an asshole?
commented 2016-06-16 11:51:13 -0400
Only geography was more boring than history in High school. If people like John Robson were my teachers, I’d be writing, “Only geography was more interesting than history in high school.”
commented 2016-06-16 11:34:19 -0400
Thanks for these moments in history, John. I learn a lot!