Diego Maria de Gardoqui

In January 1777, Diego Maria de Gardoqui managed the loading of the ship Rockingham with thousands of blankets, tents, and muskets, and sent it from Bilbao, Spain, to the US rebel army fighting the British in the colonies.   Gardoqui was a Spanish Basque merchant who managed the early smuggling operations of the Spanish government to aid the US Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.  He also provided his own funds to assist the rebels, beginning during the earliest days of the North American rebellion in Massachusetts. For more information on the key role of the Spanish and Latinos in the American Revolutionary War, please visit www.OurAmericanHistory.com

Bernardo de Gálvez

Bernardo de Gálvez celebrated the New Year of 1777 with his inauguration as the Governor of Louisiana in Spanish New Orleans.  The Spanish were already shipping covert arms and ammunition to aid the North American rebels against the British Army.   The thirty-something Gálvez continued and greatly expanded the shipments of supplies from the Spanish government.   The Spanish shipped the military equipment up the Mississippi River and onward to the Continental Army in the rebel American colonies.  These supplies were part of the vital assistance provided by the Spanish and Latinos during the entire American Revolutionary War.  For more information on how the Spanish and Latinos helped to win the American Revolutionary War, please visit www.OurAmericanHistory.com / www.NuestraHistoriaAmericana.com