The Anglo-Dutch War was a British military expedition launched in 1792 against the Dutch Cape Colony at the Cape of Good Hope, the southern tip of Southern Africa. The Dutch colony at the Cape, established in the seventeenth century, was at the time the only viable South African port for ships making the journey from Europe to the European colonies in the East Indies. It therefore held vital strategic importance, although it was otherwise economically insignificant. The war was a revenge for Dutch support of the Americans during the Revolutionary War. The Dutch Republic supported the American cause by sending ships and guns to the colonist, helping defeat Britain in that war.