Posted 2 years ago
In 1781, during the Amer. Revolution, Rodney split his fleet, sending part to the Chesapeake I part to take the Island of St. Eustatius, which was a main supply point for the Revolution, being Dutch & neutral. (I owned the 300+ yr old house that was his HQ) He also took the Islands of St. Maarten & Saba. While he was in the Caribbean, his partial fleet up north was defeated by the French & Cornwallis was forced to surrender. These medallions were made to honour his capture of the Islands, but probably before it was realized that he lost the war in the Colonies because of his greed in the caribes. There is an original medallion here in SXM & a jeweler friend was able to borrow it to make a few wax castings. This is one of those. The reverse is a scene of the capture of St. Eustatius (Statia locally). Statia has surrendered 22 times in history and it is only in recent years that they became aware that their Island flag was not all white. LOL ! A very interesting period that you might want to study. I'm giving mine to the museum in SXM.