Commander Mathias de Gálvez

On March 16, 1782, Spanish troops under the command of Mathias de Gálvez, father of Bernard de Gálvez, defeated British troops in Honduras.  At that time, the British were very busy with illegal logging operations in Honduras.  The Spanish declared war on the British in 1779, and their military campaign in the southern theater was fought from Honduras and other nations in Central America across the Gulf Coast to the Siege at Pensacola, Florida.  This war effort diverted British troops and resources from the North American rebels fighting in the southern US colonies.