Bernardo de Gálvez Honorary Citizen of the United States
It took 250 years for the United States to recognize a hero for Spain’s decisive contribution to the victory of the 13 colonies over the English
A Spaniard, a hero in the U.S: Bernardo de Gálvez
Portrait of Bernardo de Gálvez, finally recognized for his decisive work and later named a National Hero of the U.S.
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Gálvez became Viceroy of New Spain. Recently named Honorary Citizen, for his decisive aid to the Independence of the U.S.
Late hero in America
Hundreds of years have been needed for the United States to recognize the great work of Spain through Gálvez. Something that the U.S. Fathers of the Nation recognized.
He is currently one of the only 7 honorary citizens of the country.
The forgotten Spanish hero
The American Congress finally recognizes
His merits in the War of Independence in the 13 colonies stand out, but in 2014
A decisive character in the North American victory, the Hispanic, hero of the independence of the United States. In the schools of the United States, the figure of him as a hero in the independence of the country will be studied.
Hero of the War of Independence
Finally, after more than 200 years, the North American Congress recognizes the fundamental work it had to achieve the Independence of the 13 colonies from England. And the portrait of him will occupy a prominent place in the representative room.
The United States recognizes Bernardo de Gálvez almost 250 years after his independence as a nation
There are only 7 Honorary Citizens appointed by Congress
Bernardo de Gálvez (Hispanic) together with the Marquis de Lafayette (France) are the two heroes of the uprising in arms of the American colonists against England. But while the French had been recognized, Gálvez had been ignored for centuries, despite his enormous importance in victory.
Few are very few honorary citizens including the Americans William Penn and his wife Hannah Callow In Penn. They were also especially prominent famous honorary citizens such as Winston Churchill or Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
One of the most notable heroes of the Revolutionary War Independence of the United States
In the House of Representatives, January 9, 2014
Conferring honorary citizenship of the United States on Bernardo de
Gálvez y Madrid, Viscount of Galveston and Count of Galvez.
Whereas the United States has conferred honorary citizenship on 7 other
occasions during its history, and honorary citizenship is and should
remain an extraordinary honor not lightly conferred nor frequently
Whereas Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, Viscount of Galveston and Count of Galvez,
was a hero of the Revolutionary War who risked his life for the freedom
of the United States people and provided supplies, intelligence, and
strong military support to the war effort;
Whereas Bernardo de Gálvez recruited an army of 7,500 men, made up of Spanish,
French, African-American, Mexican, Cuban, and Anglo-American forces and
led the effort of Spain to aid the United States’ colonists against
Whereas during the Revolutionary War, Bernardo de Gálvez and his troops seized
the Port of New Orleans and successfully defeated the British at battles
in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Natchez, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama;
Whereas Bernardo de Gálvez led the successful 2-month Siege of Pensacola,
Florida, where his troops captured the capital of British West Florida
and left the British with no naval bases in the Gulf of Mexico;
Whereas Bernardo de Galvez was wounded during the Siege of Pensacola,
demonstrating bravery that forever endeared him to the United States
Whereas Bernardo de Galvez’s victories against the British were recognized by
George Washington as a deciding factor in the outcome of the
Whereas Bernardo de Gálvez helped draft the terms of treaty that ended the
Whereas the United States Continental Congress declared, on October 31, 1778,
their gratitude and favorable sentiments to Bernardo de Galvez for his
conduct towards the United States;
Whereas after the war, Bernardo de Gálvez served as viceroy of New Spain and led
the effort to chart the Gulf of Mexico, including Galveston Bay, the
largest bay on the Texas coast;
Whereas several geographic locations, including Galveston Bay, Galveston, Texas,
Galveston County, Texas, Galvez, Louisiana, and St. Bernard Parish,
Louisiana, are named after Bernardo de Gálvez;
Whereas the State of Florida has honored Bernardo de Galvez with the designation
of Great Floridian;
Whereas Bernardo de Gálvez played an integral role in the Revolutionary War and
helped secure the independence of the United States: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled, That Bernardo de Gálvez y
Madrid, Viscount of Galveston and Count of Galvez, is proclaimed
posthumously to be an honorary citizen of the United States.
Bernardo de Gálvez now American
In textbooks you will be recognized as a hero of the United States in its War of Independence
In compliance with the agreement of the American Congress in 1983, a portrait of Bernardo de Gálvez will be installed in the Capitol.
General Bernardo de Gálvez has achieved recognition for him by being supported by numerous associations. An outstanding level has been the support of the associations of Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, which has 200,000 members.
After approval by the House of Congress and the Senate, the American President Obama himself has given his consent.
His decisive work in the war
Bernardo de Gálvez controlled and prevented the English attack from the West and South of the 13 colonies. His control of the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico was decisive
He defeated the English in all battles and left them baseless in the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas. He supplied the French Navy, French Army, and George Washington’s Army. When the war ended, he was making military preparations to deliver the coup de grace to England, invading the Island of Jamaica and could not do it.