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 Don Blas de Lezo

Don Blas de Lezo

Birth
Pasaia, Provincia de Guipuzcoa, País Vasco, Spain
Death 7 Sep 1741 (aged 52)
Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar, Colombia
Burial Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar, Colombia
Memorial ID 21440 · View Source
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Spanish naval hero. Veteran of 23 campaigns. In 1704 fought against Admiral Vernon in the Battle of Gibraltar, and the Battle of VŽlez-M‡laga lost his left leg to a cannonball, fighting French and Anglo-German squadrons. In the Battle of Toulon he lost his left eye, during the assault on Santa Catalina Castle. In 1713, during the Battle of Barcelona, he lost his right arm. In 1741 he was appointed to defend the City of Cartagena against an attacking fleet of 180 ships manned by 28,000 British, North American Colonials and Jamaicans, led by Admiral Vernon. Lawrence Washington, a half brother of George Washington, was among the attacking fleet. Don Blas had only 6000 soldiers, some Native Indian archers and a mere six ships at his disposal, but was able to fend off the siege which started on 15 March 1741 and lasted till 25 April. By launching strategic attacks from the massive Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, and being well provisioned, Don Blas' men defeated overwhelmingly superior enemy (the attacking fleet was bigger than the Spanish Armada that tried to invade Britain). Vernon retreated on 20 May, his aspirations of one day being Prime Minister in tatters. Don Blas died a few months later from injuries sustained during the siege. At the foot of the fort is a statue of Don Blas. The plinth on which it stands has large reproductions of the victory coins that the English had prematurely minted, showing Don Blas kneeling before Vernon with the motto "The Spanish Pride pull'd down by Admiral Vernon" and "True British Heroes Took Cartagena April 1741".


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  • Added: 15 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21440
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Don Blas de Lezo (3 Feb 1689–7 Sep 1741), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21440, citing Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, Cartagena de Indias, Bolívar, Colombia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .