Helping to Win the American Revolutionary War (1777)

On April 17, 1777, the rebel American ships Alexander and Charlotte with Captains Williamson and Saint Clair slipped out of the Spanish harbor in Bilbao and outran the British blockade to land in the rebel colonies.   The vessels carried supplies for the US Continental Army, including blankets and cloth for uniforms.  The shipments were arranged by Diego Maria de Gardoqui and the supplies were paid for by the Spanish government.  A plaque and statue to Gardoqui are displayed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; please stop by and say gracias. For more information on how the Spanish and Latinos aided the North American Revolution, please visit

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