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Both Vernon and Edward Trelawny, British governor of Jamaica, considered the Spanish gold shipping port medioohmbre be a prime objective.

Admiral Vernon tested Cartagena de Indias on three separate occasions. Complutense University of Madrid.

War of the Austrian Succession. Later in this campaign, his ship captured the Stanhope commanded by John Combes, sometimes claimed to be a gun but actually just a gun merchantman. This name uses Spanish naming customs: 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.

A modern statue stands in front of the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. There is no contemporary proof that these or others were actually used during Lezo’s lifetime. Portrait of Lezo, Museo Naval de Madrid. 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.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Blas meeiohombre Lezo. Dissatisfied with this he took his vazquz flagship into the corsair’s refuge of Mostaganem Baya bastion defended by mediohombrre forts and 4, Moors. Library resources about Blas de Lezo.

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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. In the Naval Museum of Madrid organised an exhibition on Blas de Lezo, including portraits, uniforms and layouts of battle plans. Throughout his naval career, Lezo sustained many severe wounds; he lost 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.


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

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Battle of Cartagena de Indias. Participating in the defence of the French naval base of Toulon cost him his left eye.

Online books Resources in your library Resources in other libraries. Emdiohombre were 10, soldiers, 12, sailors, 1, Jamaican slaves and recruits from Virginia. The British fought their way to the base of the fort’s ramparts but were unable to overcome the defence and withdrew.

There was a spate of novels following the publication by the Colombian historian Pablo Victoria of his fictional biography of Lezo:. The British concentrated a fleet consisting of mediohombrs, including 2, artillery pieces and more.

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After comprehensively destroying the forts in their possession, the British began an orderly withdrawal back to Jamaica. 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 vqzquez at the Plaza de los Coches, by the Clock Tower portal.

The prizes attributed to Lezo were taken by Martinet, who reached Callao in June and left the Pacific in before Lezo’s arrival. Retrieved from ” https: Lezo returned to its aid with six ships and 5, men and managed to drive off the Algerian pirate after a hard fight.

On the evening of April 19, the British mounted an assault in force albeer San Felipe. The first attempt, in Marchwas essentially a reconnaissance in force by a squadron including ships of the linetwo fire shipsthree bomb vesselsand transport ships.

One early victory involved the capture of Portobelo Panamathe dismantling of its fortifications and the withdrawal of British forces having left the place defenceless. At this time, his left leg was hit by cannon-shot and was later amputated under the knee. Lezo served in the Pacific in Ferreiro, Measure of the Earth: This medilhombre was last edited on 25 Octoberat Lezo died four months after the siege was raised and a contemporary source indicates that the cause of death was epidemic typhus: The actual attack on Cartagena de Indias took place on March May 20, 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.


Blas de Lezo’s advantages consisted of a formidable primary fortress and numerous secondary fortifications. Views Read Edit View history. Blas de Lezo was blamed [ by whom? He took up his new post just prior to the conflict between Great Britain and Spain that would become known as the War of Vqzquez Ear and that would mediohombge 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. He was separated from the expedition while attempting to sail past Cape Horn.

Coronet Coronet of a Marquess posthumously bestowed Escutcheon Quartered shield: 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 medohombre the city’s defences.

He inflicted heavy damage on the forts and town.