the 14th, at daybreak, the Alligator and convoy made the island of St.-Pierre ; and, it having been stated (although, as it proved, erroneously) that a French frigate was in the harbour, a division of the troops was landed about five miles to the westward of the town; after which, the ships made sail for the harbour. A summons for the surrender of the islands was sent to M. Danseville, the commandant, who demanded terms of capitulation, but, on these being refused, surrendered the islands of St.-Pierre and Miquelon at discretion. The battery consisted of eight 24-pounders, the garrison, of between 80 and 100 men, besides about 500 armed fishermen; and the whole population of the two islands, of 1502 souls, including 761 for Miquelon. Eighteen small vessels laden with fish, and two American schooners containing provisions and naval stores, were taken in the harbour.
The distance between Barbadoes and Jamaica, aided by the violent and steady force of the trade-wind, as it blows from one island to the other, having rendered it necessary to divide the British West Indies into two commands, or stations, we shall find it most convenient to conform to the same arrangement; especially, as the naval operations carried on upon either station are usually conducted by the admiral in command there, or by a detachment from his squadron. When the news of the war reached Barbadoes, the commander-in-chief on the station was Vice-admiral Sir John Laforey, who had his flag on board the 50-gun ship Trusty, Captain John Drew ; which, with a small frigate and two or three sloops, was all the British force in that quarter.
The island of Tobago had been taken from the British in the late war, and the French were confirmed in the possession of it by the treaty of Amiens. It was therefore an object to retake it as speedily as possible. Accordingly, on the 12th of April, directions to that effect having been promptly forwarded, Major-general Cuyler, at the head of a detachment composed of 50 artillerymen, 418 of the 9th and 60th (4th battalion) regiments, and 32 marines, total 470 officers and men, embarked from Bridge-town, Barbadoes, on board the Trusty, 18-gun sloop Nautilus, Hind armed schooner, and Hero merchant-ship, and, on the 14th, arrived in Great Courland Bay, Tobago. On the same evening the troops were landed; and, on their approaching within two miles of the enemy's fort at Scarborough, a summons was despatched to M. Monteil, Lieutenant-colonel of the 32d regiment and commandant of the island. He refused to surrender, and an assault was resolved on.
On the 15th, at 1 a.m., the British proceeded to the attack, and under a heavy fire of round, grape, and musketry, succeeded, with their bayonets chiefly, in entering the enemy's works. The
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