Though the Battle of Jersey took place during the American War for Independence, the site of the battle was the island of Jersey, the largest of the British controlled islands in the English Channel. Jersey was the base for many of the English privateers operating in the channel, and sitting only fourteen miles off the French coast, it was the perfect location from which English privateers could harass French shipping vessels. England realized the strategic importance that Jersey held and they therefore built a series of fortresses and redoubts along the island’s coastline. France, however, decided that the potential gain...

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