Attempting to kick start revolutions against Spain throughout South America, Sir Home Popham's unexpected invasion got off to a good start but desertion of troops and the fact that he only had a small force to garrison a large settlement meant that they could not fight off a determined counter-attack by Spanish forces. Reinforcements from Britain arrived too late to save General Beresford's small force.
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