The little known Battle of the Saintes, a confrontation between Great Britain and France in the Caribbean in 1782, is considered one of the most important naval battles in history. Why?

Answer: Coming less than a year after the British surrender at Yorktown (October 1781), victory for the British prevented a French invasion of British Caribbean possessions and ensured naval supremacy for Britain in the West Indies. The victory has been described as one of the few decisive sea battles in world history.

Source: A Brief History of the Caribbean by Jan Rogozinski

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