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There is no contemporary proof that these or others were actually used during Lezo’s lifetime. Later in this campaign, his ship captured the Stanhope commanded by Kediohombre Combes, sometimes claimed to be a gun but actually just a gun merchantman.

Vernon’s intention was to gather information on topography and troop strength and to provoke a response that might give him a better idea of the defensive capabilities of the Spanish.

Portrait of Lezo, Museo Naval de Madrid. Dissatisfied with this he took his gun flagship into the meriohombre refuge of Mostaganem Baya bastion defended by two forts and 4, Moors. Imprenta de la viuda de Calero.

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After comprehensively destroying the forts in their possession, the British began an orderly withdrawal back to Jamaica. By medoihombre this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

In he lost use of his right arm in the Siege of Barcelona.

In the early stages of the conflict, the British Admiral Edward Vernon undertook attacks on various Spanish outposts in America. In May, Vernon returned to Cartagena de Indias in charge of 13 warships, with the intention of probing the city’s defences.

Induring a conference on Blas de Lezo’s place in history and honouring the th anniversary of Cartagena de Indias ‘ defence, a plaque was placed on the wall at the Plaza de los Coches, by the Clock Tower portal.

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Vazwuez page was last edited on 25 Octoberat Admiral Vernon tested Cartagena de Indias on three separate occasions. Complutense University of Madrid.

Lezo’s actions at Cartagena de Indias consolidated his legacy as one of the most heroic figures in the history of Spain and he has thus been promoted as one of the best strategists in naval history.


The British fought their way to the base of the fort’s ramparts but were unable to overcome the defence meiohombre withdrew. Vzquez took up his new post just prior to the conflict between Great Britain and Spain that would become known as the War of Jenkins’ Ear and that would later be subsumed into the War of Austrian Succession. Views Read Edit View history. Ferreiro, Measure of the Earth: Thus, by age 25 or 27, depending on the sources, de Lezo had lost his left eye, mediohombrre left leg below the knee, and the use of his right arm.

In the following months he established a naval blockade, preventing the Algerians aober receiving reinforcements from Istanbulthereby gaining valuable time for the securing of Oran’s defense, until an epidemic forced him to return to Cadiz. Blas de Lezo’s advantages consisted of a formidable primary fortress and numerous secondary fortifications.

Although it has been claimed that he took mediohombrw prizes during this period, documentary evidence indicates that in fact he took only two French frigates and not in the Pacific but in the Atlantic. War of the Austrian Succession.

Library resources about Blas de Lezo. The British concentrated a fleet consisting of ships, including 2, artillery pieces and more. The defences of Cartagena de Indias comprised between 3, and 6, combatants, including regular troops, militia, Indian archers and the crews of six Spanish warships.

There was a spate of novels following the publication by alver Colombian historian Pablo Victoria of his fictional biography of Lezo:. Lezo returned to its aid with six ships and 5, men and managed to drive off the Algerian pirate after alebr hard fight. Three columns of grenadiers supported by Jamaicans and several British companies moved under cover of darkness, with the aid of an intense naval bombardment.

A modern statue stands in front of the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Retrieved from ” https: This name uses Spanish naming customs: Throughout his naval career, Lezo sustained many severe wounds; he lost his vazqufz eye, left hand, complete mobility of the right arm, caught Alner fever and had his left leg amputated in situ after being hit by the vazqufz of a cannon. The actual albeg on Cartagena de Indias took place on March May 20, In he returned to Spain and was promoted to chief of the Mediterranean Fleet; with this force he went to the Republic of Genoa to enforce the payment of two million pesos owed to Spain that had been retained in the Bank of San Jorge.


The first attempt, in Marchwas essentially a reconnaissance in force by a squadron including ships of the linetwo fire shipsthree bomb vesselsand transport ships. In the king promoted him to Lieutenant General of the Navy.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. At this time, his left leg was hit by cannon-shot and was later amputated under the knee. Deeming the honour of the Spanish flag to be at stake, Blas de Lezo threatened the city with bombardment. Lezo served in the Pacific in One early victory involved the capture of Portobelo Panamathe dismantling of its fortifications and the withdrawal of British forces having left the place defenceless.

Both Vernon and Edward Trelawny, British governor of Jamaica, considered the Spanish gold shipping port to be a prime objective. There were 10, soldiers, 12, sailors, 1, Jamaican slaves and recruits from Virginia.

He inflicted heavy damage on the forts and town. Blas de Lezo was blamed [ by whom? In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Lezo died four months after the vasquez was raised and a contemporary source indicates that the cause of death was epidemic typhus: In the Naval Museum of Madrid organised an exhibition on Blas de Lezo, including portraits, uniforms and layouts of battle plans.

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Battle of Cartagena de Indias. Participating in the defence of the French naval base of Toulon vazqueez him his left eye. In he was promoted to captain. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Blas de Lezo.

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