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.