Happy Birthday to Francisco Saavedra de Sangronis

Today is the birthdate of an unacknowledged hero of the 18th century American Revolutionary War, the Spanish soldier and secret agent, Francisco Saavedra de Sangronis.  Saavedra was born in Sevilla, Spain, and fought in the military campaigns in Algiers.  He was sent to the Caribbean region by King Carlos III, with instructions to work with the French against the British and to aid the North American rebels.  Saavedra was instrumental in the French victory at the Battle of the Capes in 1781 and in organizing the collection of silver and gold in Havana, Cuba, that funded the Siege and Battle of Yorktown.   After retiring to Spain due to ill health, he once again rallied to serve his country during the Napoleonic invasion of 1810.  An educated and prescient man, he wrote in his journal that, “What is not being thought about at present, what ought to occupy the whole attention of politics, is the great upheaval that in time the North American revolution is going to produce in the human race.”  (Please visit www.OurAmericanHistory.com for more information on the contribution of the Spanish and Hispanic Americans to the North American Revolutionary War.)

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