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June 13th, 2009
This is a free attraction located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington DC at Virginia Avenue and 22nd Street NW.
Sculpted by Juan de Avalos (1911-2006), this statue of Bernardo de Gálvez (1746-1786) sits atop a marble base that says:
"Bernardo De Galvez, the great Spanish soldier, carried out a courageous campaign in Lands bordering the lower Mississippi. This masterpiece of military strategy lightened the pressure of the English in the war against American settlers who were fighting for their independence.
May this statue of Bernardo de Gálvez serve as a reminder that Spain offered the blood of her soldiers for the cause of American Independence."
Bernardo de Gálvez, in 1777 served as interim Governor of Louisiana before it became the Louisiana Purchase. An interesting fact about Galvez was his stance on Native Americans; he supplied them with guns, despite his dislike of them. In a 1779 report he wrote: "The vanquishment of the heathen consists in obliging them to destroy one another." de Galvez led many successful campaigns against the British in the American Revolutionary War, for which he was awarded several honors including promotion to lieutenant general and field marshal, Governor and Captain General of Louisiana and Florida (now separated from Cuba), the command of the Spanish expeditionary army in America, and the titles of Viscount of Gálveztown and count of Gálvez.
Above: Statue of Bernardo de Gálvez