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Jan 7, 2017

When Wales felt Franklin's wrath

When buildings in Fishguard were damaged by a privateer in 1779, the townsfolk had no idea that inventor Benjamin Franklin was behind the attack. Franklin was ...

Category: General
Posted by: RhodriC

effectively America's ambassador to France and he encouraged attacks on Britain, which had not yet recognised America's independence. The privateer which bombarded Fishguard had destroyed more than 30 British ships, according to Franklin. The British authorities responded by building a fort to protect Fishguard harbour, a defence which helped to foil the last invasion of Britain in 1797. For more about the fort and the 1779 bombardment, scan the HistoryPoints QR codes on the signpost by the car park near the fort's remains. Or click here