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Battle of Port Mahon, Minorca. In May of 1756 a French task force under the Duc de Richelieu attacked the harbour of Port Mahon on Minorca, then a pillar of British naval power in the Mediterranean. The key to the harbour's defence was Fort San Filipe, built by Emperor Charles V of Spain two centuries earlier. The Fort, whose siege is portrayed in this anonymous French engraving (1764), was an early example of a "star bastion".