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Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Part of the War of the Spanish Succession
Date 6 November 1706[1]
Location Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain
Result Spanish victory
Spain Spain England England
Spain José de Ayala y Rojas England John Jennings
4,000 soldiers
70 guns
13 ships
800 guns

The Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife was a minor military action of the War of the Spanish Succession during wich an English fleet of 13 ships under the command of Admiral John Jennings attempted unsuccessfully to seize the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

After an initial attempt of landing rejected by the Spanish artillery, Jennings urged the authorities of the island to join the Austrian side under the menace of take the city by force. The mayor José de Ayala y Rojas, head of the defense of Santa Cruz in the absence of Governor Agustín de Robles, refused, confirming the fidelity of the islands to King Philip V. Afer this, the English fleet withdrew.[2][3]


  1. ^ The Julian calendar as used in England in 1706 differed by eleven days. Thus, the battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife took place on 6 November (Gregorian calendar) or 26 October(Julian calendar)
  2. ^ José Viera y Clavijo: Noticias de la historia general de las islas de Canarias (1776), vol. III, págs. 358-365.
  3. ^ Vicente Bacallar y Sanna: Comentarios de la guerra de España e historia de su rey Felipe V, El Animoso (1725), tomo I, libro VII, año VI.


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