Bernardo de Gálvez: Spanish Hero of the American Revolution


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University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date
May 07, 2018
9.11 X 1.7 X 6.8 inches | 2.22 pounds
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About the Author

Gonzalo M. Quintero Saravia, S.J.D., Ph.D., is the author of several books on eighteenth-century Spanish American history and a former Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.


Drawing on archives in Spain, Mexico, the US, and Great Britain, Quintero Saravia expands knowledge of Galvez's role in campaigns against Apache Indians in Mexico and of the period Galvez spent in Iberia between military service in New Spain (1769-72) and as governor of Louisiana (1776-85).--Choice

This is an important book and anyone interested in colonial American history, and particularly in what happened in eighteenth-century Louisiana, will find it required reading.--Arkansas Historical Quarterly

Quintero Seravia's excellent biography of Galvez should serve to enlighten those who wish to learn more about this historical figure that played such a crucial role in the American Revolution.--H-Net Reviews

Gonzalo M. Quintero Saravia's biography unwraps an exciting and complex life story of the Spaniard Bernardo de Galvez with an ambitious scope that changes our understanding of the American Revolution. . . . A significant contribution.--Missouri Historical Review

In tracing the experiences of this one individual, Saravia is able to glean several important insights into the eighteenth-century Iberian Atlantic world. . . .Readers across several subfields are sure to benefit from his re-introduction of a significant figure in the history of the revolutionary Atlantic world.--Journal of American History

For anyone seeking to know more about the Spanish dimensions of the American Revolution, Quintero Saravia's Bernardo de Galvez should be required reading. Rarely has a historian treated the subject so thoroughly or with so much erudition. The result is an important addition to scholarship on the American founding, one that situates the revolution in the wider continental and hemispheric context where it belongs.--William and Mary Quarterly

This book provides readers with a thorough analysis of the inner workings of the Spanish governmental hierarchy in the late eighteenth century and places Bernardo de Galvez's achievements within the reform-minded Spanish emphasis on Enlightenment ideals, merit-based promotions, and a focus on empire that also produced the Bourbon reforms.--Journal of Southern History

No stone is left unturned in Saravia's. . . . Engrossing account of Galvez's stunning career. . . [which] expertly illuminates the age in which he lived, Spain's role in the American Revolutionary War and the Spanish Enlightenment.--Bulletin of Spanish Studies

In this first full-length, scholarly biography of Bernardo de Galvez . . . Gonzalo M. Quintero Saravia has achieved a delightful blend of storytelling and substance.--Journal of the Early Republic

An enduring and definitive work. . . . Those who read this volume will gain a deepened understanding of Galvez's career and his role as seminal Spanish figure of the era. Bernardo de Galvez has found in the author of this timely volume his literary champion, and, after far too long a time, the literature dealing with the American Revolution finally contains a biography worthy of one of its most important military figures.--Florida Historical Quarterly

A deeply researched, well-written, full biography built around the centerpiece of Bernardo de Galvez's career: his leadership of the Gulf Coast campaign of Spain's war against Great Britain that ran parallel to the American War of Independence.--The Alabama Review