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Battle of Puerto Plata Harbor
Part of the Quasi War
File:Capture of the French Privateer Sandwich by armed Marines on the Sloop Sally, from the U.S. Frigate Constitution, Puerto - NARA - 532590.tif
"Capture of the French Privateer Sandwich by armed Marines on the Sloop Sally, from the U.S. Frigate Constitution, Puerto Plata Harbor, Santo Domingo, 11 May 1800." Copy of painting by Philip Colprit, 1960.
DateMay 11, 1800
LocationPuerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Result United States victory
Belligerents
 United States  France
 Spain
Commanders and leaders
Naval jack of the United States (1795–1818).svg Silas Talbot
Naval jack of the United States (1795–1818).svg Isaac Hull
unknown
Strength
Land:
~100
Sea:
1 frigate
1 sloop
Land:
1 fort
Sea:
1 corvette

The Battle of Puerto Plata Harbor was small battle in 1800 between a French privateer, a Spanish fort and the United States Navy during the undeclared Quasi War between France and the United States.

In early May 1800, Captain Silas Talbot organized a naval expedition to Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo. His object was to harass French shipping around the colony of their Spanish ally. After capturing the small French sloop Sally, the USS Constitution arrived at Puerto Plata. A French corvette was seen at anchor in the harbor.

Unwilling to take fire from Spanish defenses, the USS Constitution sailed around to a beach, out of the Spanish forts range. There she off loaded a landing force of about 100 marines and sailors. The landing party then marched on the Sandwich while the prize sloop Sally was sent in to attack by way of sea. No doubt shocked at the approaching American force, the French hardly put up a fight and the Sandwich was captured. Then the Americans turned their attention on Fortaleza San Felipe, which had been taking pot shots at the Americans since they came into range.[citation needed] After another brief fight, the Spanish defenses were overrun and the marines spiked the fort's cannon.

With the capture of the Sandwich, and the assault on the Spanish fort, U.S. forces returned to their ships, and sailed home. The Battle of Puerto Plata Harbor was one of the few land battles during the Quasi War. Detailed casualties of the engagement are unknown; what is known is that not many people became casualties that day.

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