Spanish Aid in the American Revolutionary War

In July 1777 the Spanish ship “Salida Barra” departed from Spain to run the British blockade of the US rebel colonies.  A key tactic by the British was to prevent the struggling colonies from receiving supplies from overseas, which they could not produce in their war torn country.  The ship was carrying supplies for the rebels who were fighting in the American Revolutionary War.  The supplies included blankets, medicine, and cloth for uniforms.  Shipments were arranged by Diego Maria de Gardoqui, a Spanish merchant and first Ambassador from Spain to the US.  The supplies were paid for by the Spanish government.  Please visit for more information on the contribution of the Spanish and Latinos to the success of the American Revolutionary War.

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