America's Best History Spotlight
On this page we're going to Spotlight the lesser known historic sites and attractions that dot the history landscape across the USA and are worth a visit if you're in their area. And while they may be lesser known, some are very unique, and will be that rare find. You'll be, at times, on the ground floor, or maybe even know something others don't. It'll be fun. Visit them.
Galvez Expedition, Texas to Florida
For most, the battles of the American Revolution were fought in places like Lexington, Concord, Brandywine, Monmouth, Saratoga, Charleston, and Yorktown. But, there were battles and campaigns fought by allies during the battles of independence that have become lesser known because they were fought outside the original thirteen colonies, but were very important to the end result. One such campaign, fought by Spanish troops under the command of Bernardo de Galvez, helped win the day against British troops across the southeast, not only defeating them, but drawing British energy from the battles listed above in the thirteen colonies, thus preventing the British from circling them from the south. That fact alone would assist the Continental Army toward victory. Photo above: Painting of the Battle of Pensacola, 2015, Augusto Ferrer Dalmau. Courtesy Wikipedia Commons.
Info, What's There Now, History Nearby
Spanish involvement in the American Revolution did not begin with overt action. King Charles III in 1776 wanted to assist the American cause; the British were consistent enemies to the Spanish and were now in possession of Florida and more, which had been Spanish territory prior to the Seven Years War. In January of 1777, newly appointed governor Colonel Bernardo de Galvez of the territory of Louisiana, still Spanish property, was given the task to befriend the United States in their cause. He started to smuggle supplies to the Continental Army through routes along the Mississippi River.
Over the next two years, Spanish attempts to aide the Americans remained beneath the surface, although British authorities were well aware of the supply chain and more. On May 8, 1779, Spain decided to end their no longer assumed neutrality and declared war against the British, now firmly on the American side. Bernardo de Galvez and Spanish troops could now take confrontational action with the King's authority.
Photo above: Image of the explosion of a British magazine during the Siege of Pensacola, American Revolution, under Spanish troops commanded by Bernardo de Galvez, 1784?, Nicolas Ponce, the American Revolution in Drawings and Prints. Courtesy Library of Congress.
Where Is It
Sites of the Galvez Expedition as well as the Galvez legacy statues and structures are spread across old British West Florida. There is no real historic site to visit, but there are statues, signs, and plazas throughout the southeast. Plus, if you're in Washington, D.C. in the Foggy Bottom section of the city, the statue honoring Galvez sits in a park like setting across from the Department of State.
What is There Now
Hotel Galvez, Galveston, Texas.
Bernardo de Galvez Statue, Washington, D.C.
Spanish Plaza Equestrian Statue, New Orleans, Lousiana.
Spanish Plaza Galvez Statue, Mobile, Louisiana.
Galvez Plaza, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
When Are These Areas Open and How Much to Visit?
Most of the statues and plazas are open year round with the Hotel Galvez a Hotel and Spa open for business under the Wyndham name. It's not cheap, but not as expensive as you might think. Room rates from $119 and up. It makes for a very interesting historic stay, even if the hotel wasn't there during the expedition, and is more of a history attraction itself.
Hotel Galvez and Spa
Visit New Orleans
Visit Pensacola History
With the history of Bernardo Galvez spread from Texas to Florida, the history in the area is replete within the history of New Orleans to Galveston, the Natchez Trace Road to the Gulf Islands National Seashore reaching to Pensacola.