In a bid to avoid war with the Spanish, British Naval Admiral Walpole sent a fleet of ships to the Spanish held port of Porto Bello (now Panama). They did not take the port but blockaded it in an attempt to stop the Spanish transporting valuable goods to Spain. They allowed no ship to enter or leave the port with first examining it. Several Spanish ships were captured in the when they first arrived but after a few months, the British had lost so many men to Yellow fever that they had to abandon the blockade in order to recruit more crew from Jamaica. In their absence of course, the blockade was useless allowing through a fleet of Spanish ships carrying over 30 million pesos. In all 20 British ships were used with crews totaling 4,750 men. 4,000 of which succumbed to Yellow Fever.
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