Francisco Saavedra de Sangronis, Our Man in Havana

On January 22, 1781, Francisco Saavedra de Sangronis and Bernardo de Gálvez met for the first time in Havana, Cuba.  Saavedra was a soldier, diplomat and agent sent by Spanish King Carlos III to the Caribbean.  His mission was to assist the North American rebels in our fight against the British in the American Revolutionary War.  Gálvez was already assisting the Americans with covert shipments of arms and ammunition.  He organized the emergency collection of silver and gold in Havana, Cuba to fund the critical Battle of Yorktown later in 1781.  Saavedra later assisted the French, also US allies, to prepare for the crucial Battle of the Capes later that year. For details on Saavedra’s dramatic role in funding the Battle of Yorktown, please see the feature article on History.Net, Bankrolling the Battle of Yorktown, written by me.

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