Bernardo de Gálvez, Spanish colonial governor of Louisiana, earned a reputation for efficient government and intelligent military command through his civic policies and courageous military campaigns. A comprehensive study of the history of Spanish control in Louisiana, this work examines Gálvez’s career as governor and the end of his career as a viceroy of New Spain.
An ally of the newly formed United States, Gálvez funneled money and supplies to the revolutionaries before entering the fray himself, commanding his troops in the only American Revolutionary War battle west of the Allegheny Mountains. Gálvez immersed himself in the Louisiana culture, treated the colonists better than previous governors, and led them to victory, gaining him high esteem both in the New World and in Spain.
Focusing mainly on Gálvez’s military campaigns, which are often left out of other historical accounts, this history also includes notes about his everyday colonial issues, such as protecting settlements from Indians. An annotated bibliography and portrait of Gálvez complete the work. This well-researched, comprehensive account is a perfect addition to any history lover’s collection.