. Rodney's victories over the Spanish and subsequent relief of Gibraltar were important,
but of even more significance in stiffening the resolve of the ministry were the earlier
reports concerning the capture of Omoa, a port on the northwest coast of Honduras,
and the successful defense of Savannah. News of those events, both occurring in October,
reached London on the 17th and 20th of December respectively and represented the first
reports of British military success in some time (Mackesy, War for America
, p. 316–317; see also the London Chronicle
of 16–18 and 18–21 Dec. 1779).