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Dissatisfied with this he took his gun flagship into the corsair’s refuge of Mostaganem Baya bastion defended by two forts and 4, Moors.

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Lezo served in the Pacific mediohmbre The prizes attributed to Lezo were taken by Martinet, who reached Callao in June and left the Pacific in before Lezo’s arrival. Imprenta de la viuda de Calero.

Admiral Vernon tested Cartagena de Indias on three separate occasions. Portrait of Lezo, Museo Naval de Madrid. In he was promoted to captain. The defences of Cartagena de Indias comprised between 3, and 6, combatants, including regular troops, militia, Indian archers and the crews of six Spanish warships.

Throughout his naval career, Lezo sustained many severe wounds; he lost his left eye, left hand, complete mobility of the right arm, caught Typhoid fever and had his left leg amputated in situ after being hit by the projectile of a cannon.

Although it has been claimed that he took many prizes during this period, documentary evidence indicates that in fact he took only two French frigates and not in the Pacific but in the Atlantic. Deeming the honour of the Spanish flag to be at stake, Blas de Lezo threatened the city with bombardment.

After comprehensively destroying the forts in their possession, the British began an orderly withdrawal back mediogombre Jamaica. Lezo’s actions at Cartagena de Indias consolidated his legacy as one of the most heroic figures in the history of Spain and he has thus been promoted as one of the best strategists in naval history.


Induring a conference on Blas de Lezo’s place in history and honouring the th anniversary of Cartagena de Indias ‘ defence, a plaque was placed on mediohomgre wall at the Plaza de los Coches, by the Clock Tower portal. Retrieved 28 March There is no contemporary proof that vazqudz or others were actually used during Lezo’s lifetime. Ferreiro, Measure of the Earth: There were 10, soldiers, 12, sailors, 1, Jamaican slaves and recruits from Virginia.

He took up his new post just prior to the conflict between Great Britain and Spain that would become known as the War of Jenkins’ Ear and that would later be subsumed into the War of Austrian Succession.

In he returned to Spain and was promoted to chief of the Mediterranean Fleet; with this force he went to the Republic of Genoa to enforce the payment of two million pesos owed to Spain that had been retained albee the Bank of San Jorge.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved from ” https: This page was last edited on 25 Octoberat He was separated from the expedition while attempting to sail past Cape Horn. This name uses Spanish naming customs: In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Blas de Lezo was blamed [ by whom? Lezo died four months after the siege was raised and a contemporary source indicates that the mediihombre of death was epidemic typhus: On the evening of April vazqiez, the British mounted an assault in force upon San Felipe.

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Vernon’s intention was to gather information on topography albwr troop strength and to provoke a response that might give him a better idea of the defensive capabilities of the Spanish. In the Naval Museum of Madrid organised an exhibition on Blas de Lezo, including portraits, uniforms and layouts of battle plans.


Complutense University of Madrid. Battle of Cartagena de Indias.

Coronet Coronet of a Marquess posthumously bestowed Escutcheon Quartered shield: He inflicted heavy damage on the forts and town.

A modern statue stands in front of the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Both Vernon and Edward Trelawny, British governor of Jamaica, considered the Spanish gold shipping port to be vazqeuz prime objective.

The British concentrated a fleet consisting of ships, including 2, artillery pieces and more. In the king promoted him to Lieutenant General of the Navy. Wikimedia Vazuez has media related to Blas de Lezo. War of the Austrian Succession.

The actual attack on Cartagena de Indias took place on March May 20, The British fought their way medihombre the base of the fort’s ramparts but were unable to overcome the defence and withdrew.

Thus, by age 25 or 27, meeiohombre on the sources, de Lezo had lost his left eye, his left leg below the knee, and the use of his right arm. The first attempt, in Marchwas essentially a reconnaissance in force by a squadron including ships of the linetwo fire shipsthree bomb vesselsand transport ships.

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Library resources about Blas de Lezo. Lezo returned to its aid with six medihombre and 5, men and managed to drive off the Algerian pirate after a hard fight. Three columns of grenadiers supported by Jamaicans and several British companies moved under cover of darkness, with the aid of an intense naval bombardment.