Bernardo Vicente

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Bernardo Vicente de Galvez y Madrid was born in Macharaviaya, Spain back in 1746. At the tender age of 16 he participated in the Spanish invasion of Portugal. As a result of his actions he was promoted to lieutenant.

In 1762, he fought the Apaches, wounded several times he was promoted to commandant of arms for Nueva Vizcaya and Sonora. In 1777, he was sent to Louisiana as a colonel and interim governor of the province. In 1779, he was again promoted to brigadier serving in the Seven Years’ War.

In his spare time from orders of Charles III of Spain he also helped the American Revolutionary War effort by supplying the American’s with gunpowder, muskets, uniforms and other supplies. He also founded the city of Glavez Town. He intercepted a secret communication from King George III to General John Campbell about mounting an invasion of the Spanish fort at New Orleans.

He organized a masterful military campaigning and defeated the British forces. He was involved in many other battles, receiving many honors from Spain for his military victories. You may know him better as Viscount of Galveston and Count of Galvez. Galveston, Texas (Glavez Town) was named after him. Just one more fact, he is only one of eight people ever to be awarded an honorary United States citizenship. Until tomorrow keep a smile on our face and a penny in your pocket.

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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I would say he earned his honorary citizenship.

The Battle of New Orleans happened twice?

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 23, 2017 04:32 AM #1
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Well I learned something today! I didn't know who the town of Galveston, Texas was named after! Quite an honor along with him being one of eight to be awarded an honorary United States citizenship.

May 23, 2017 04:35 AM #2
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks, James.  Fascinating history that I should have known but didn't.

May 23, 2017 04:51 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... and yet another fascinating historic figure none of us ever learned about in school.

May 23, 2017 04:52 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Bernardo deserves attention! Thanks for the heads-up! Enjoy your day!

May 23, 2017 05:03 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A different type of story today. I've got a penny in my pocket though.

May 23, 2017 05:14 AM #6
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another piece of history learned here today.... 

May 23, 2017 05:23 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So many interesting military heroes that I have never heard of, I sure enjoy learning about them.

May 23, 2017 06:37 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I enjoyed the story as much for knowing his lively name as his accomplishments.

May 23, 2017 06:48 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I certainly did not know about Galveston and its name origin.  Nor did I know about honorary citizenship.  A

May 23, 2017 11:26 AM #10
Cindy Logan
Mark 1 Real Estate Advisors - Huntington Beach, CA

James, I love history.  And many contributions go unnoticed.  I learned something today.  Thank you!  

May 23, 2017 12:03 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I feel like I should have known this since Galveston is about 50 miles from where I was born. We spent a lot of time at the beach there. 

May 23, 2017 05:40 PM #12
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Very interesting story of the life and travels of Bernardo Vicente de Gitvez Y Madrid.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 24, 2017 07:50 PM #13
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