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1718, Feb1792, May 24
a British naval officer. He is best known for his commands in the American War of Independence, particularly his victory over the French at the Battle of the Saintes in 1782. It is often claimed that he was the commander to have pioneered the tactic of "breaking the line". Rodney came from a distinguished but poor background, and went to sea at the age of fourteen. His first major action was the Second Battle of Cape Finisterre in 1747.
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01/16/1780-Battle of Cape St Vincent (aka the Moonlight Battle): British Admiral George Brydges Rodney beats Spanish fleet
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