The mission of the organization is to inform the public about Spain’s substantial, although generally little known, contributions to the success of the American Revolution.
Our Organization works to preserve the memory of Bernardo de Gálvez's troops by research and battle reenactments
The Granaderos y Dámas de Gálvez serves as color Guard at important civic events in 18th Century costume.
We educate the public about the pivotal role of Spain in the American Revolution. Toward this end, we focus on the heroic feats of Count Bernardo de Gálvez
“I grew up as a Hispanic boy in East Houston. In school, I learned all about the Boston Tea Party, about Paul Revere, and all that happened up north in the thirteen colonies. But they never told me about Gálvez or the pivotal role of Spain and the Gulf Coast in the American Revolution. I’m so proud that today I know we were part of it and a big part of that!”
John Espinosa, Governor, Houston Chapter, Los Granaderos y Damas de Gálvez
The organization was founded during the Bicentennial of the United States in 1976 to research and understand the pivotal, yet unpublicized role of Spain -- and the contributions of her King and her people -- to the colonists’ victory in the American Revolution.
In this endeavor, our organization labors to teach about this important, but forgotten, aspect of American history, and we do so primarily by illuminating the accomplishments of General Bernardo De Gálvez of Spain, a great hero of our country’s war for independence. We also perpetuate the memory of the Spanish soldiers who fought during the American Revolution. We encourage research into the battles fought by Gálvez’s troops and foster preservation of documents and relics of battles in which they took part, and we encourage the publication of the individual service records of the soldiers and patriotic citizens who participated in achieving the independence of the United States.
The Order of Granaderos de Gálvez was founded in 1975 by Mr. Charles E. Barrera and Mr. Henry Guerra, of San Antonio, TX. Mr. Barrera, a local businessman, was a Canary Island Descendant and president of several civic and historical organizations. Mr. Guerra was a well-known local radio personality.
As members of the Bicentennial Commission, Mr. Guerra and Mr. Barrera extended an invitation for Consul General Erik I. Martel, the first Consul General from Spain to be assigned in Houston since 1821, to be their guest at the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration in San Antonio. Consul Martel accepted the invitation. From their early conversations the three gentlemen conceived the idea of founding The Order of Granaderos de Gálvez to educate the public of the great contributions that Spain and General Gálvez gave the American colonies during the American Revolution. Another idea was that of sponsoring an annual Fourth of July ceremony in San Antonio. Consul General Martel gave his full support to the idea of an American organization, which would honor General Bernardo de Gálvez, the unsung hero.
What We Do
The Order of the Granaderos y Damas de Gálvez works to educate people about Spain’s contribution to our war for independence by bringing attention to the brave feats of Bernardo de Gálvez.
He was a man whose dedication to his King and the ideals of freedom propelled heroic leadership and the accomplishment of uncanny deeds that could potentially have been exceedingly costly to him and his country.
He masterminded and financed clandestine shipments of critical supplies and information to the colonists well before Spain declared war against England. Later, he amassed an army and led them to victory in five major Revolutionary War battles. This secured supply lines and protected American armies against additional attacks. He fed his troops with cattle from Texas and was gracious in victory and greatly admired by the people he governed.
A larger-than-life-size, bronze, equestrian statue of General Bernardo de Gálvez is in the works to be erected in Galveston, Texas. It will be located across Seawall Boulevard, and very near the entrance to Galveston’s famous Pleasure Pier, which receives more than 5 million visitors a year.
Have a look at the life of Bernardo de Gálvez. He was fighting the Apache in Texas. Fighting the Moors in Africa. The Portuguese in Europe. The British all around the Gulf of Mexico. A crucial contributor to American independence. The namesake of Galveston. The man who established the tradition of Texas cattle drives. His life is crying to become an opera, isn’t it?
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The Granaderos y Dámas de Gálvez is also a social organization which, in addition to our travel, meets regularly to hear developments on academic research on the Revolution and to enjoy tapas, delicious meals, and strong camaraderie. We have been invited to special audiences with the King and Queen of Spain and continue to foster a strong friendship between Spain and the United States. For more information contact us at: email@example.com
We invite you to join us!