On February 3, 1781, a British fleet commanded by Admiral George Rodney captured the tiny Caribbean Island of St. Eustatius, a Dutch colony that had been giving aid to American rebels in their revolution against the British Empire.
Rodney looted the homes and warehouses of many of St. Eustatius's merchants, but in particular he singled out the Jewish residents of St. Eustatius as enemies of Britain. Rodney's treatment of the Jews of St. Eustatius was so extreme that reports of their suffering under Rodney became an embarrassment to Parliament in the ensuing months.
Firebrand MP, Edmund Burke, said of the treatment of the Jews of St. Eustatius:
Taken from The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke, 1900, Oxford University Press