Sale of Dunkirk

The Sale of Dunkirk took place on 27 October 1662. Charles II of England sold his sovereign rights to Dunkirk and Fort-Mardyck to his cousin Louis XIV of France. Dunkirk was occupied by English forces of The Protectorate in 1658, when it was captured from Spain by Anglo-French forces following the Battle of the Dunes.

About Sale of Dunkirk in brief

Summary Sale of DunkirkThe Sale of Dunkirk took place on 27 October 1662 when Charles II of England sold his sovereign rights to Dunkirk and Fort-Mardyck to his cousin Louis XIV of France. Dunkirk was occupied by English forces of The Protectorate in 1658, when it was captured from Spain by Anglo-French forces following the Battle of the Dunes.

France, effectively ruled by Mazarin, had promised, as part of the Treaty of Paris, that Dunkirk, then in the Spanish Netherlands, would be ceded to England. Many in England were opposed to the loss. In 1662, King Charles II, short of money, sold it to France for five million livres.