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Spanish Count and Viceroy credited with US independence – 1746

Spanish Count and Viceroy credited with US independence – 1746

Count Bernardo de Gálvez was recently declared an honorary citizen of the United States for his services, as only the 8th person in history to be awarded such an honor.

On July 23, 1746, Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid was born, a Spanish colonial viceroy who contributed to the struggle for independence of the United States. Namely, Spain supported the United States in the War of Independence by opposing Great Britain. The city of Galveston in Texas, located on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, is named after Bernard de Gálvez, and it is particularly interesting that Gálvez was declared an honorary US citizen in 2014 (he is only the 8th person in history to be awarded such an honor).

Bernardo de Gálvez was born in the Spanish town of Macharaviayi near Malaga. It is interesting that Bernardo held the title of Count of Gálvez (sp. Conde de Gálvez). As a military and colonial commander, Gálvez assisted the young United States in the fight against the British. He allowed them to supply through Spanish colonial possessions, thus circumventing the British blockade, and even defeated the British militarily.

In 1785, Gálvez became viceroy of New Spain (Virrey de Nueva España). This high colonial position marked the manager of much of the Spanish possessions in America, from California all the way to Panama, including Cuba and many other Caribbean islands. Unfortunately, Viceroy Bernardo de Gálvez died as early as 1786, at the age of only 40. He reportedly died of the disease, but there are also theories that he was poisoned.

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