; born in Malaga
, in 1755; became governor of Louisiana
in 1776; secretly aided the Americans
with military supplies and $70,000 in money in 1778.
About the same time Spain
's offer of mediation between the United States
and Great Britain
was declined, whereupon Spain
declared war against Great Britain
, June 16, 1779.
, without waiting to be reinforced, marched north and took Fort Manchac, Baton Rouge
, Fort Panmure
, and Fort Natchez.
In February, 1780,. having received additional troops, he captured Mobile
; and soon after, with 14,000 men, invaded Florida
, where he met with several successes.
On May 9, 1781, he forced the surrender of Pensacola
and gained control of the whole western coast of Florida
In recognition of these services Galvey
was given the title of count, with the grade of lieutenant-general, and also made captain-general of Cuba
He died in the city of Mexico
, Nov. 30, 1786.