Battle of Cádiz (1640)

Battle of Cádiz (1640)
Part of the Franco-Spanish War (1635–1659)
Date21 July 1640 (Julian calendar)
LocationBay of Cádiz
Result Minor tactical French victory
Spain Spanish Empire  France
Commanders and leaders
Jerónimo Gómez de Sandoval Jean Armand de Maillé-Brézé
10 galleons,
1 patache[1]
24 galleons,
12 fireships[1]
Casualties and losses
1 galleon burned,
1 patache sunk[2]

The Battle of Cádiz (1640) was a naval battle in the Franco-Spanish War (1635-1659), which took place on July 21, 1640, when a French squadron under Jean Armand de Maillé-Brézé attacked a Spanish convoy coming from the Americas.

The attack occurred just in front of the coast of Cádiz.
Armand de Breze employed a hitherto unknown tactic to attack the Spanish convoy from both sides. The Spanish lost a galleon and a small vessel but the convoy completed its journey and delivered most of its cargoes including its silver bullion. French losses are unknown.


  1. 1 2 Duro 1898, p. 263
  2. Duro 1898, p. 265


Further reading

Coordinates: 36°29′39″N 6°13′1″W / 36.49417°N 6.21694°W / 36.49417; -6.21694

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