Pensacola in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
General Bernardo de Gálvez and the "Siege of Pensacola"
The Longest Battle of the American Revolution
Gálvez's forces landed near Bayou Chico and began advancing on the city's British defenses, which included Fort George on nearby Gage Hill (three hundred yards north of this statue on Palafox Street) and two smaller forts. After weeks of siege, on May 8, 1781, a Spanish mortar detonated the powder magazine at the Queen's Redoubt. Gálvez accepted the surrender of the British and claimed West Florida for Spain. Thus, Gálvez stripped Britain of a key foothold on the Gulf Coast, which in turn
General Bernardo de Gálvez was named a "Great Floridian" in 2012. In 2015, for his heroic efforts during the American Revolution, Congress unanimously awarded General Gálvez a posthumous "Honorary Citizen of the United States of America."
Erected by Pensacola Heritage Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Revolutionary • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is March 18, 1781.
Location. 30° 24.985′ N, 87° 12.973′ W. Marker is in Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker is at the intersection of North Palafox Street and Wright Street, in the median on North Palafox Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pensacola FL 32502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christ Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Boysen-Perry House (within shouting distance of this marker); First Methodist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Morrison Family Homestead (about 700 feet away); Chase Street (about 800 feet away); Battle of Pensacola (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort George (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rough Riders (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola.
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