The Spanish reconquest of Colombia required the capture of Cartagena, a military bastion that had never fallen to the enemy. Pablo Morillo laid siege to the city in mid-August 1815, finally forcing it to surrender on December 6. Though the account of the Colombian defense of the city is well known, Rodolfo Segovia adds considerable information to the Spanish side, with an emphasis on the leadership of Morillo, the composition and actions of his army, and the naval flotilla under the command of Pascual Enrile y Alcedo. Segovia makes extensive use of Spanish military archives, especially related to the naval campaigns of Enrile and the ground campaign of Morillo's army. The author is a good storyteller, with excellent skills at contextualizing and at providing enriching details of the campaign, reminding the reader of the fictionalized accounts by Patrick O'Brian set in the...

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