Second Anglo - Dutch War ( 1665 - 1667 ) and the Battle of Nevis In April 1666 the French entered in the war on side of the Dutch by taking possesion of island St. Kitts, but also Montserrat and Antigua, and only Nevis was still English in the Leewards. On 14 May 1667 combined fleet of France and Holland decided to take Nevis. The fleet consisted of 16 French man of war ranging in size from 16 to 38 guns ( under command of de la Barre ) and 3 Dutch man of war, one of 38 and two of 28 guns ( under Abraham de Crynsens ). Thus fleet of 19 ships carried total of 452 cannons. De la Barre plan was to engage the English ships near Nevis and then land 1100 troops from Martinique and Guadeloupe. In addition, Indian Caribs were to attack from windward side of island forcing the English to split their foces and defend the both sides at the same time. Captain Berry waited for the attack with 10 large man of war headed by <i>Coronation</i> of 50 guns, two frigates and 2 fireships. De la Barre sighted the enemy at 6 a.m. and at 8 a.m. commenced action in disorderly fashion. la Barre brought his flagship <i>Lys Couronne</i> of 38 guns into action with <i>Coronation</i>, but found himself surrounded by the English, and badly damaged barely managed to escape. The Dutch came in and gave <i>Coronation</i> severe pounding but were forced to withdraw in threat of English fireships. In the thick of the battle an English man of war took a hit in her powder magazine and blew up and sank with most of her crew, and a 30-gun French man of war and smaller flybot were destroyed by fireships. By 2 p.m., de la Barre ordered his fleet to withdraw to Basseterre harbour on St. Kitts and the English under Barry had beaten a stronger enemy fleet and the French conquest of the Leewards had been stopped in its tracks.