Andrés Reggio


Andrés Reggio

Andrés Reggio y Brachiforte (1692–1780) was an officer of the Spanish navy.

He was born in the Spanish-controlled Sicilian city of Palermo in 1692. He joined the navy as a young man and served throughout the War of the Quadruple Alliance serving in the invasion of Sardinia and at the Battle of Cape Passaro.

In 1720 he took part in the relief expedition to besieged Ceuta and then moved to America, into the fleet of galleons in charge of bringing the money to the port of Cadiz. He returned to the Mediterranean in 1730, where he took part in operations including the reconquest of Oran in 1732) and Naples in 1733. For the next few years he commanded the Spanish fleet in Ferrol.

In 1739 at the outbreak of the War of Jenkin's Ear he was appointed to command in the Caribbean. He oversaw major construction work to Havana in preparation of a future British attack.

In 1748 he lost the Battle of Havana to the British Admiral Charles Knowles, although Knowles was not able to capitalise: Havana remained in Spanish hands and the Spanish treasure fleet passed unmolested. Reggio was later court-martialled, but was found innocent, and was later commended by the Spanish King for his actions. The war was brought to an end the same year.

In 1749 he returned to Spain, and was appointed Captain-General of the navy, a post he would hold until his death in 1780, thirty one years later.


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