The Capture of Gibraltar by the forces of the Grand Alliance occurred between 1–3 August 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession. Since the beginning of the war the Alliance had been looking for a harbour in the Iberian Peninsula to control the Strait of Gibraltar and facilitate naval operations against the French fleet in the western Mediterranean Sea. An attempt to seize Cádiz had ended in failure in September 1702, but following the Alliance fleet's success at Vigo Bay in October that year the combined fleets of the 'Maritime Powers', the Netherlands and England, had emerged as the dominant naval force in the region.
Latitude: 36° 08' 22.96" N
Longitude: -5° 21' 13.94" W
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