Diego Maria de Gardoqui aids US Rebels 1777

In January 1777, Diego Maria de Gardoqui managed the loading of the ship Rockingham with thousands of blankets, tents, and muskets, and sent it from Bilbao, Spain, to the US rebel army fighting the British in the colonies.   Gardoqui was a Spanish Basque merchant who managed the early smuggling operations of the Spanish government to aid the US Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.  He also provided his own funds to assist the rebels, beginning during the earliest days of the North American rebellion in Massachusetts. For more information on the key role of the Spanish and Latinos in the American Revolutionary War, please visit www.OurAmericanHistory.com

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