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PostIn Texas, Bernardo de Galvez is a Big Deal (Randy Black, USA, 11/25/14 10:46 am)
In his 25 November post on the topic of Bernando de Gálvez (José Bernardo de Gálvez Gallardo, 1746-1786), Eugenio Battaglia stated, "what has struck me is the fact that in spite that Spain (and not just France) was decisive for the 13 Colonies to achieve their independence, very few Americans know this--even though they remember Lafayette."
Eugenio overlooked that fact that Bernando de Gálvez has a strong presence in the history books that every Texas student must study. Texas history is a required course that generally is taken in 7th grade by mostly 13-year-olds. Additionally, his name, his likeness and statues are present in Texas and in our nation's capital. I found his name common in the lessons taught in much of the US school systems from grade school through college classes. According to the National Park Service, Spain is recognized in history books as having "bankrolled" the Battle of Yorktown.
From Texas A&M University: "His name should stand out equal to or above the names Lafayette, de Grasse and Rochambeau of France, von Steuben and de Kalb of Prussia, and Pulaski and Kosciuszko of Poland."
From Wiki: The Hotel Gálvez is a historic hotel located in Galveston, Texas, United States that opened in 1911. The building was named the Gálvez, honoring Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, Count of Gálvez, for whom the city was named.
One cannot visit Galveston without seeing his name in the form of restaurants and bars, a major historic landmark hotel and a street. The Hotel Gálvez is part of the Wyndham chain of luxury resorts and hotels.
There are Gálvez Streets across the USA in his honor. New Orleans, Stanford, California, even towns and cities are named for. Sr. Gálvez. The WAIS birthplace, the Hoover Institution, is at the corner of Gálvez Street and Serra Street. Gálvez was governor of Spanish Louisiana, and I am told that he is also an important part of the history books used by children in Louisiana schools. A statue of Gálvez is located at Virginia and 22nd Streets in Washington, DC. Natchez, Mississippi has a plaque honoring the famous commander. A monument in his honor is part of Fort Matanzas, which is part of our National Park Service park system in Florida.
Thus, Eugenio, never fear, we certainly know, respect and will not forget the name Gálvez.
JE comments: Wow, I spent three weeks at the Hoover this spring, and never realized Gálvez Street was named for that Gálvez. The only reference to Stanford's Gálvez Street I've found in the WAIS archives is this RH note from August 2006:
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