Amid controversy swirling around American citizenship and illegals sneaking into the country, Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid, the Viscount of Gálvez became an honorary American citizen. Unfortunately, it only took 200 years. On Tuesday, the New York Post reported that Gálvez gained his citizenship posthumously after faithfully battling British soldiers during the American Revolution. This is a special honor because Congress has only given “honorary” citizenship to seven people.
Representative Jeff Miller (R-Florida) authored the initiative. Miller’s chief of staff says it is an honorary position and has nothing to do with the current immigration controversy that has exploded on the Texas-Mexico border. The controversy involves accusations from the Republican Party that President Obama has not done enough to handle the flood of illegal immigrants entering the country.
PBS provides more information about Gálvez. In 1779, Spain officially entered the Revolutionary War as an ally to American colonists and France. During the time when Louisiana was a Spanish territory, Gálvez once served as governor. He played a critical role in defeating the British army during the Revolutionary War.
Gálvez led an army of Spanish, French, Mexican, free African-Americans, and Cubans against the English. He defeated the English in Mobile, Alabama and then Pensacola, Florida. Gálvez also overcame horrendous conditions like swampy conditions, disease, bad weather, and limited resources. His group is credited with helping General George Washington defeat Lord Cornwallis. The American Revolution (1775-1783) is also known as the American Revolutionary War and the U.S. War of Independence. The conflict arose from growing pressures between England and its 13 North American colonies. The war ended in 1783 after England signed The Treaty of Paris and recognized the colonists’ independence. Galvez also participated in establishing the Treaty of Paris. Also, the city of Galveston, Texas is named after the valiant nobleman.