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A Spanish hero eclipsed by others

Alekk M. Saanders

On 4 July, the USA celebrated their Independence Day. Here on the Costa del Sol, Macharaviaya became the centre of celebration because this village in the Axarquía is the birthplace of Bernardo de Gálvez - a Spanish military leader and colonial ... administrator. Additionally, Gálvez is considered a hero of the American Revolutionary War, by gaining independence from the British Crown. However, most American historians took little note of him. It seems that Spain is trying to change this ‘injustice’. More ... events devoted to Gálvez take place and more books about him and his heroic actions are published. Sculptures of him have at least twice been donated by Spain to Washington - in 1976 and in 2019. As for America, a couple of towns were named after Gálvez



Fourth of July celebrations to be streamed from New York and the Axarquía

Jennie Rhodes

The village of Macharaviaya will be holding its annual Fourth of July celebrations this Saturday, 3 July, in honour of Bernardo de Gálvez, who was born in the village in 1746. De Gálvez was a Spanish military leader who helped win the Battle of ... Pensacola during the American War of Independence. This year, as Covid-19 restrictions continue, the live event will only be open to people from the village itself. However, those wanting to join in can watch it live via YouTube. Bernardo de Gálvez ... The programme will start with an introduction by Michelin chef José Andrés, direct from New York. It will go on to show a live reenactment of the Battle of Pensacola in Macharaviaya and the association of grenadiers and dames of Gálvez (Orden



Macharaviaya connects with the US to commemorate a hero of American independence

The Axarquía village of Macharaviaya celebrated American Independence Day on Saturday, the evening before the actual date itself, in honour of its most famous son, Bernardo de Gálvez. De Gálvez was a Spanish soldier who played a key role in the ... Matthieu, a slave who was freed by order of De Gálvez, spoke about his research. The ceremony was presented by Alfonso Duluc and Viqui Arbizu from New York’s Little Spain Market, which is owned by the Spanish Michelin star chef José Andrés, and located ... between Malaga and Bernardo de Gálvez streets in Manhattan. The event was attended by Spanish journalist resident in the US Guillermo Fesser, author of Conoce a Bernardo de Gálvez (Meet Bernardo de Gálvez), published in 2017, who was named guest of



The next solar eclipse will be visible from the Costa del Sol and inland Malaga


...seen from all over the province. From 11am the moon will position itself between the sun and the earth, until it hides part of its surface. Francisco Gálvez, the director of the El Torcal Astronomical Observatory, says that the maximum overlap will ... opticians. Gálvez warns of the risks of looking at the sun: “It has to be with eclipse glasses, never with sunglasses. Or through welder's glass grade 14 or 15. If eclipse glasses are used, it is important to ensure that the lenses are approved.” Another ... setting up the necessary logistics will be Gálvez himself. “The most interesting thing about this eclipse for those who connect is that we are going to see the sun through h-alpha and calcium filters. This will allow us to see the solar flares,” explains



Bernardo de Gálvez brings Macharaviaya and Galveston together

Eugenio Cabezas

...situated in the south of the state of Texas, at the end of the 18th century. Unsurprisingly, its name derives from 'Galveztown', in honour of the brave military officer Bernardo de Gálvez (1746-1786). Although they are separated by more than 8,000 ... kilometres, the two places feel much closer now, thanks to the start of the process to twin them. Period costume José Andrés Gálvez, who comes from the family of soldiers and politicans and bears a strong resemblence to his forefathers, once again dressed, ... as he does on 4 July every year, in the suit of the most famous member of the family, Bernardo de Gálvez. This was not the first twinning arranged for Macharaviaya in recent years: in 2012 it was officially linked to the town of Pensacola, in the



The Malaga man who gave the United States of America its name


Bernardo de Gálvez (Macharaviaya, 1746- Mexico, 1786), who married Isabel's sister Felicidad. In fact, it was De Gálvez who took over from Unzaga as the governor of Louisiana. The in-laws The links between the two families became even closer when they



Bernardo de Gálvez: from oblivion to fame

Manuel Olmedo

One might think that everything had already been said about Bernardo de Gálvez, the Macharaviaya-born military leader who fought against the British during the American War of Independence, but luckily that is not so. It seems as if new details or ... collaborator with the Bernardo de Gálvez Association, we are continuing to delve into archives in Spain and abroad with the help of Francisco Cabrera Pablos. The latest discovery is a panegyric in Latin, written in Mexico on 1 July 1785, which we found in an ... American library. This exciting discovery has enabled us to correct a few errors and inaccuracies, including some regarding De Gálvez’s second surname. Bernardo de Gálvez was born on 23 July, and the Calendar of Saints tells us that that is the saints



A virtual tribute to the Malaga hero of American independence

Eugenio Cabezas

...the small Axarquía village of Macharaviaya. Each year on 4 July the village pays tribute to Bernardo de Gálvez, a Spanish soldier who played a key role in the battle of Pensacola during the American War of Independence. After 10 years of organising ... reenactments of the battle, which saw Macharaviaya-born De Gálvez and his troops beat the English, this year the reenactment had to take place via the internet. During the 75-minute video conference, messages were exchanged between the cities of Pensacola ... village square, where since 2014 the Bernardo de Gálvez sculpture has stood, and dressed in period costume as well as the obligatory face mask, the mayor thanked the two US cities for their participation and said that despite the "critical situation we are



Joan Hunt OBE, founder of Cudeca, dies aged 92

Rachel Haynes Andalucía from the Junta de Andalucía in 2015. In 2013 Benalmádena town hall named the roundabout next to the hospice after Joan. The mayor, Paloma García Gálvez, spoke of the town’s “gratitude to and admiration for” Joan Hunt and said that “the president


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Gálvez & Picasso

Jennie Rhodes Macharaviaya

From Saturday the Museo de los Gálvez in Macharaviaya will once again be open to the public. The inaugural exhibition is a collection of 31 portraits of women by the artists Pablo Picasso and Alfredo Opisso. The museum also offers the opportunity ... to learn about the Gálvez family and the connections that Macharaviaya still has with the city of Pensacola in Florida, where the town's 'son', Bernardo de Gálvez led the Battle of Pensacola during the US War of Independence against Britain, including ... a collection of original stamps and envelopes which were used in correspondence by the Gálvez family, as well as a Playmobil representation of a play about the battle and other artefacts.



Provincial authority grants Bernardo de Gálvez posthumous honour


A proposal put forward by the PSOE to make Bernardo de Gálvez a 'hijo predilecto', or 'favourite son' of the province was approved by the Diputación provincial authority on Tuesday. The idea is similar to giving an important figure the keys to a ... city in the UK. The proposal was made during a visit by Socialist representatives to Macharaviaya last week, which is where de Gálvez was born in 1746. He was a military leader who fought against the British during the American War of Independence and ... played a key role in the Battle of Pensacola, Florida. Mayor of Macharaviaya, Antonio Campos, said, “The figure of Bernardo de Gálvez is more alive than ever; he is recognised as an honorary citizen in the USA and in March 2018 a statue of him will be


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Gálvez takes on British troops again to mark Independence Day

Jennie Rhodes

The village of Macharaviaya will be staging its annual Fourth of July celebrations with a parade through the streets of Malaga on Friday 6 July, starting from Plaza de la Marina at 7.30pm. This will commemorate the role of General Bernardo de Gálvez ... in the defeat of the British during the American War of Independence. When Juan Carlos III declared war on Great Britain in 1779, General Gálvez, after communication with Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson, started to help the patriots by securing



Embassy gets preview of planned triple tribute to Gálvez in the US


The Spanish embassy in Washington hosted the presentation on Tuesday of three tributes to the eighteenth-century war hero, Bernardo de Gálvez, who was born in Macharaviaya, in the Axarquía. An opera, film and statue of the Spanish military figure ... who led the Battle of Pensacola in 1781, during the American War of Independence, will each be premiered or unveiled in 2019 in the cities of Houston and Galveston in Texas. The opera, Yo Solo: Gálvez the Unsung Hero of the American Revolution - ... Let's Make Him Sing!, by Marec Béla Steffens, is due to premiere in spring next year in both cities, while a documentary film, directed by historian and documentary director and producer, Gary Foreman, and based on the book, Gálvez / Spain - Our



San Fernando stunned by bottom side Malagueño


...back just six minutes later by Pablo Sánchez's strike. In the second half, however, Hicham sealed the win when he coolly chipped the ball over goalkeeper Rubén Gálvez. Malagueño are now closing the gap and are eight points from safety in group IV of



Statue of Bernardo de Gálvez unveiled in Pensacola to commemorate the war hero


Representatives from the Axarquía have taken part in the unveiling of a statue of Bernardo de Gálvez in the city of Pensacola in Florida, USA. The event coincided with Gálvez Day, celebrated each year on 8 May in the city, to commemorate victory ... in the battle of Pensacola during the American War of Independence, which Bernardo de Gálvez led, on 8 May 1781. Social and economic legacy The Malaga provincial flag will also be raised at the TT Wentworth MuseumBernardo de Gálvez was born in ... The mayor of Macharaviaya referred to the economic and social opportunities that Bernardo de Gálvez's legacy has left, saying, “We must make the most of this opportunity to establish contacts and create synergies between our companies and the ones in



Illustrious Malaga family's story is back on display in home town

Jennie Rhodes Macharaviaya

The Gálvez museum (Museo de los Gálvez) in Macharaviaya opened its doors to the public once again on Saturday, 10 months later than planned, following an auguration ceremony which took place at the town's Jacinto church. Mayor Antonio Campos Garín ... bring life to the Gálvez family story. The museum, which first opened in 2005, pays tribute to the illustrious Gálvez family, who were politically influential both in Spain and the United States during the eighteenth century and who made Macharaviaya ... their home. Bernardo de Gálvez, who was born in the village in 1746, was a Spanish politician and soldier who led the Battle of Pensacola during the American War of Independence, blocking the British advance into Mississippi across the port of New



Young musical talent for American independence

Liz Parry

The Joven Orquesta Provincial de Málaga (JOPMA) and the even younger Orquesta Escuela which feeds into it gave a concert in the MVA Cultural Centre in Malaga on July 4th, billing it as a tribute to Bernardo de Gálvez. The orchestra association’s ... president, Tania Schoham, explained to the audience that de Gálvez, a Spanish military leader born in Macharaviaya, had helped America in its quest for independence from the British, so the concert on Independence Day would celebrate the contribution made by



Liberated US town to have own tribute to Malaga hero


The town of Pensacola in Florida, USA, is to have its own monument to Bernardo de Gálvez, the Spanish soldier who fought in the battle of Pensacola in 1781 against the British during the American War of Independence. The bronze statue will depict ... De Gálvez on his horse and lifting his hat as a sign of victory. The announcement coincided with ‘Gálvez Day‘ which is celebrated on 8 May every year in the town and at which representatives from Macharaviaya and Malaga were present this year.


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Salvador Dalí’s horses

Jennie Rhodes

The Gálvez museum in Macharaviaya will be hosting a collection of Salvador Dalí’s paintings of horses. The exhibition, which will run from 15 September until 11 December, comprises of 24 of the artist’s works. Animals featured heavily in the ... Where:Museo de los Gálvez, Macharaviaya For further This exhibition shows works by Dalí that represent famous horses such as Clavileño, the fictional wooden horse that appears in Don Quixote, or Alexander the Great’s horse, ... refurbished Museo de los Gálvez in Macharaviaya which is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am until 2pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11am until 3pm. Private group visits can be organised via the town hall by prior arrangement.



19 June 1980: The death of the girl 'born out of science'

Daryl Finch

...girl) wrote her name into the history books when she became the first baby in Andalucía to be born alive after her mother died, and only the fourth in Europe. Gynaecologist Dr José Gálvez Ginachero, medical specialist to Maria Christina of Austria, the ... María had a prominent hump on her back, although her most severe ailments were associated with her breathing and the violent crises she used to suffer. Once María went into labour, Dr Gálvez did what he could to stabilise her condition, but in the ... had hardly begun to walk. Those who knew her said that, like her mother, she was hump-backed and had difficulty speaking but also developed senility at an early age. Dr Gálvez helped her financially all through her childhood and adolescence but 'La



Short and sweet

FERNANDO ALONSO who was his protector, José de Gálvez, Minister of the Indies from the Court of Charles III and Marquess of Sonora, and for that reason his figure has rarely been given much attention. Solesio was appointed director of De Gálvez's playing card



Florida export deal for Malaga wine makers

J. R. Gálvez, who helped win the Battle of Pensacola in Florida during the American War of Independence. The wines will be presented during a trip to Florida.



Marbella's younger generation goes green


...started with a simple conversation between Andrea Gálvez and a friend, when they decided to collect rubbish in the fields instead of going for coffee. While they were on their way to pick up the waste, Gálvez realised that there wasn't a single organised ... Gálvez, who decided to create a WhatsApp group before even arriving home after collecting rubbish from the fields. "We spoke and decided to create a group. My friend added her cousin, Teresa Durán, and she in turn added Sofia Rastelli, so that is how we ... clean-up ourselves," explains Gálvez. After choosing the site where the clean-up is to take place, the group spreads the word on social media and in the WhatsApp group, with the aim of gathering as many helpers as possible. In the posts published on



Wellness in Andalucía, the insider guide

Andrew Forbes

...and Spanish spoken. Víctor Celdrán Gálvez (Marballa) Based near Marbella, Víctor is a qualified Yoga and Tai Chi Teacher, with over 10 years’ experience. Certified with more than 500 hours in Vinyasa Yoga (Barcelona), Yin Yoga and Qi Gong



Town hall accused of hiding USA trip expenses

Eugenio Cabezas

...five-year period. The trips have been made to mark events related to Bernardo de Gálvez, who led the Battle of Pensacola during the American War of Independence and was born in Macharaviaya. Rivas said in a statement that members of the town hall, which



Signs of improvement despite defeat

marina rivas

...visit of the Real Betis than they showed in their previous two games, moving the ball around more easily and posing more of an attacking threat. 0 Malaga 3 Real Betis Bea Parra (41'), Rocío Gálvez (45'), Priscila (65') Patricia was left ... half time that was Malaga's undoing. Bea Parra benefitted from poor defensive positioning to give the visitors the lead in the 41st minute, before Rocío Gálvez doubled the advantage moments later with a header. The first twenty minutes following the



Dad drowns his kids and sets them alight before suicide


The dormitory town of Getafe, near Madrid, is in mourning this week after a seemingly mild-mannered father carried out the double murder of his children before committing suicide on nearby railtracks. Forty-six-year-old José Alberto Gálvez López ... mattress on fire. The grim discovery of the two young children of Gálvez, aged 13 and 8, on the bed was then made. A preliminary autopsy appeared to show that the children had been drowned first. A note found on the body of the father, who was said to be



Independence Day on the Costa del Sol


...still events to be caught elsewhere along the coast this weekend. The largest will be in Malaga where a procession starting from Plaza de la Marina through to the cathedral will remember the role of General Bernardo de Gálvez in the Battle of Pensacola, ... a key turning point in the American War of Independence. This will take place tonight, Friday, starting from 7.30pm. A reenactment that battle during which Gálvez defeated the British will take place on Saturday in his hometown of Macharaviaya. It



Three local doctors named among 100 best in country


Gálvez in Malaga before moving to the Hospital Internacional Xanit in Benalmádena and later the Hospital Quirónsalud Málaga. Urology specialist José Ángel Gómez Pascual has worked at the Hospital Infanta Elena in Huelva and at the Hospital Regional



Malaga's forgotten female writers


Rosa de Gálvez and Isabel Oyarzábal Smith, and others who were local by adoption, like Gamel Woolsey, Jane Bowles and Mercedes Formica, can occasionally be found in a library, but are awaiting a definitive rescue. That, however, is not just a matter of ... Europe. However, it took over 70 years for her autobiography to be published in Spain. María Rosa de Gálvez was born a century earlier and adopted by the Gálvez family, although it is suspected that she was her adoptive father's biological daughter. She ... de Hoy released a translated version which, on the front cover, referred to her marriage with Brenan to attract readers. She died of cancer in 1968 and is buried in the English Cemetery in Malaga. María Rosa de Gálvez (Malaga, 1768 - Madrid, 1806) -



Joint initiative set to provide free care


Deputy mayor of Torre del Mar, Jesús Pérez Atencia, along with the councillor for social services, Zoila Martín, and the director of the care home, Sanysol, Carmen Gálvez, presented yesterday the 'zero cost bed' project. The joint initiative is



Two defensive errors condemn Marbella to yet another defeat


...before Jürgen passed up a clear chance of his own. San Bernardo keeper Rubén Gálvez's gloves were kept warm in the 35th minute when he kept out Elías Pérez's freekick at the second time of asking. The first half ended with the feeling that all would



The Cómpeta Art Walk celebrates its tenth edition

MARLENE WÖRNER rein. Kowzan produced a large-format mural that will decorate the terrace of the Tetería Hierbabuena restaurant. There were also a number of workshops on offer. Many of them were fully booked, including Pepe Gálvez's introduced to the art of



1 June 1778: Families from Malaga embark on a journey to colonise Louisiana

MADDY HAY what happened today? of 16 Spanish families set sail to America aboard the ship San José, led by governor Bernardo de Gálvez from Macharaviaya. The majority of the colonists were from Malaga, with many hailing from the Axarquía and Alhaurín de la Torre. At this time, ... Orleans on 11 November. The Spanish acquired 70 slaves and traversed the Bayou Treche river. Bernardo de Gálvez and his second in command Francisco Bouligny were in constant conflict about settlement areas and the poor living conditions of their fellow



Prison sentence and ban on public office for former Axarquía mayor

Eugenio Cabezas

...predecessor, Francisco Gálvez, who had held office for two decades, in a pact between the Izquierda Unida and socialist PSOE political parties. Gutiérrez, along with his brother, bought computer and sports equipment for the town hall with grants from Malaga's



From card factory to tourist office


...part of a paper factory built by the Italian businessman Félix Solesio and chosen by the well-known Gálvez family to produce playing cards to sell in the Americas, in order to provide money to develop their home town of Macharaviaya. The factory, ... history of the town we hope to attract new visitors and better inform those who visit our picturesque town.” The Gálvez brothers were influential in the growth of industry, agriculture and trade in Malaga province. They founded several playing card