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The Goude Sonne was hired by the WIC chamber of Zeeland and was under command of general Boudewijn Hendriksz., intended to reinforce Bahia that was conquered by Piet Hein the year before. Boudewijn arrived too late. Bahia was retaken and heavily fortified by the Spanish. 

Boudewijn Hendriksz. chose a new objective and went with 18 ships to the Caribbean to conquer Puerto Rico. His fleet was near  St. Vincent on the 30th of August to get water and vivres. They departed on 10 September  and got in a violent storm. From the fleet De Geel Sonne, de Goude Sonne and the Vlissingen were lost in the tempest. The rest made it to Puerto Rico, but were unable to conquer the city. So they left and got to Cuba  a year later. Boudewijn Hendriksz. died there.

References

  • De Laet.II, 59

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