Profile of the Day: Bernardo de Gálvez
This week legislation was introduced to honor American Revolutionary War hero Bernardo de Gálvez. Two-hundred years after his death, the Spanish general may be posthumously granted honorary American citizenship for his invaluable support to the 13 American colonies both before and after Spain’s official entry into the Revolutionary War.
Gálvez successfully defeated the British at the Siege of Pensacola, which significantly diluted the British’s strength in the south. The Continental Congress formally declared their gratitude to the general for his service to the Nation and George Washington recognized his efforts as a deciding factor in the outcome of the war.
Congress has only given honorary citizenship to seven other people, including Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa and Revolutionary war hero Marquis de Lafayette. Gálvez is the first Spanish-speaker to receive the designation.
Did you know the city of Galveston, Texas is named after Bernardo de Gálvez?