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Bernardo de Galvez
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Military Personnel
    (July 23, 1746-November 30, 1786)
    Born in Macharaviaya, Spain
    Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid
    Spanish military leader, colonial administrator
    Viscount of Galveston and Count of Gálvez
    Served as colonial governor of Louisiana and Cuba; later served as the Viceroy of New Spain
    Played a crucial role in the American Revolution, leading Spanish forces in the defeat of British forces at the Siege of Pensacola (1781)
    He was the subject of a 'Liberty's Kids' episode.
    The same episode depicts him as a Mestizo although all available portraiture shows him to be pretty 'white.'
    He's a playable character in an 'Assasin's Creed' video game (and the design makes him look like Captain Morgan).
    His and the Spanish involvement in the War for Independence is overshadowed by Marquis de Lafayette's and the French military's role.
    He was deeply unpopular with the Spanish 'Audencia' who suspected he was plotting a carbon copy revolution of New Spain from the Spanish.
    Rumors persist that he was poisoned on orders by the Spanish royalty, although no evidence substantiates this.
    He's the namesake for the city of Galveston in Texas, thereby making him the namesake for a Glen Campbell song.
    He received severe wounds battling the Apache tribes in Mexico when he was only 16.
    He was vocal in his opposition to Indian slavery and capital punishment.
    He smuggled supplies to the American revolutionaries and provided them with volunteer militiamen.
    His groups of militiamen bore an unusual level of diversity (consisting of Indians, Blacks, Spaniards, and American colonists).
    He prevented the British from encircling the American rebels from the south.
    He defeated the British colonial forces in successful campaigns at Manchac, Baton Rouge, and Natchez (1779).
    George Washington recognized his invaluable role in the Revolution by keeping him to his right in the inaugural July 4th Parade.
    He had a reputation as a philanthropist during his time as Viceroy of New Spain.
    He raised well over 100,000 pesos in relief funds during a famine, and subsequent plague, between 1785 and 1786.
    He directed large percentages of the income from the state lottery to charitable organizations.
    He actively promoted science in the colony by sponsoring the expedition of Martín Sessé y Lacasta.
    The US Congress conferred honorary citizenship on Gálvez, citing him as a 'hero of the Revolutionary War' (Dec. 16, 2014).

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