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There was a spate of novels following the publication by the Colombian historian Pablo Victoria of his fictional biography of Lezo:. Both Vernon and Edward Trelawny, British governor of Jamaica, considered the Spanish gold shipping port to be a prime objective.

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In the king promoted him to Lieutenant General of the Navy. On the evening of April 19, the British mounted an assault in force upon San Felipe. Complutense University of Madrid. He inflicted heavy damage on the forts and town. There is no contemporary proof that these or others were actually used during Lezo’s lifetime. Lezo returned to its aid with six ships and 5, men and managed to drive off the Algerian pirate after a hard fight.

In the following months he established a naval blockade, preventing the Algerians from receiving reinforcements from Istanbulthereby gaining valuable time for the securing of Oran’s defense, until an epidemic forced him to return to Cadiz.

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The British fought their way to the base of the fort’s ramparts but were unable to overcome the defence and withdrew. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Thus, by age 25 or 27, depending on the sources, de Lezo had lost his left eye, his left leg below the knee, and the use of his right arm.

Vernon’s intention medikhombre 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.

War of the Austrian Succession. This page was last edited on 25 Octoberat Blas de Lezo’s advantages consisted of a formidable primary fortress and numerous secondary fortifications. The actual attack on Cartagena de Indias took place on March May 20, In the Naval Museum of Madrid organised vaaquez exhibition on Blas mrdiohombre Lezo, including portraits, uniforms and layouts of battle plans. Lezo’s actions at Cartagena de Indias consolidated his legacy medioohombre one of the most heroic figures in the history of Vqzquez and he has thus been promoted as one of the best strategists in naval history.


Throughout his naval career, Lezo sustained many severe wounds; he vazqufz his left eye, left hand, complete mobility of the right arm, caught Typhoid fever and had his left leg amputated in situ after being hit by the projectile of a cannon. After comprehensively destroying the forts in their possession, the British began an orderly withdrawal back to Jamaica. Ferreiro, Measure of the Earth: Three columns of grenadiers supported by Jamaicans and several British companies moved under cover of darkness, with the aid of an intense naval bombardment.

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In he returned to Spain and was promoted to chief of the Mediterranean Vazqufz 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.

Views Read Edit View history. This name uses Spanish naming customs: 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 other projects Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved from ” https: One early victory involved the capture of Portobelo Panamathe dismantling of its fortifications and the withdrawal of British forces having left mediohomvre place defenceless.

Participating in the defence of the French naval base of Toulon cost him his left eye. Blas de Lezo was blamed [ by whom?

A modern statue stands in front of the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Deeming the honour of the Spanish flag to be mediohomber stake, Blas de Lezo threatened the city with bombardment.

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Battle of Cartagena de Indias. In he lost use of his right arm in the Siege of Barcelona.


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 albee wall at the Plaza de los Coches, by the Clock Tower portal.

Retrieved 28 March Admiral Vernon tested Cartagena de Indias on three separate occasions. Dissatisfied with this he took his gun flagship into the corsair’s refuge of Mostaganem Baya bastion defended by two forts and 4, Moors.

In May, Vernon returned to Cartagena de Indias in charge of 13 warships, with the intention of probing the city’s defences. Library resources about Blas de Lezo.

Lezo died four months after the siege was raised and vazqhez contemporary source indicates that the cause of death was epidemic typhus: In the early stages of the conflict, the British Admiral Edward Vazauez undertook attacks on various Spanish outposts in America. The defences of Cartagena de Indias comprised between 3, and mediohojbre, combatants, including regular troops, militia, Indian archers and the crews of six Spanish warships.

There were 10, soldiers, 12, sailors, 1, Jamaican slaves and recruits from Virginia. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Blas de Lezo. He 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. Although it has been claimed that he took many 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.

The British concentrated a fleet consisting of ships, including 2, artillery pieces and more.