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Galvey, Bernardo 1755-1786

Military officer; born in Malaga, Spain, 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. Galvey, 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.

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