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Blas de Lezo

1689 - 1741

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Admiral Blas de Lezo y Olavarrieta (3 February 1689 – 7 September 1741) was a Spanish navy officer best remembered for the Battle of Cartagena de Indias (1741) in the Viceroyalty of New Granada, where Spanish imperial forces under his command decisively defeated a large British invasion fleet under Admiral Edward Vernon. Throughout his naval career, Lezo sustained many severe wounds; he lost his left eye, left hand, complete mobility of the right arm, and had his left leg amputated in situ after being hit by the projectile of a cannon. He perceived his wounds and physical limitations as medals, refusing to wear an eye patch to hide his blind eye. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Blas de Lezo has received more than 329,011 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Blas de Lezo is the 922nd most popular military personnel (down from 891st in 2019), the 757th most popular biography from Spain (down from 745th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Spanish Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Blas de Lezo ranks 922 out of 1,468Before him are Eugen Ritter von Schobert, Andrew Cunningham, 1st Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope, Mitrofan Nedelin, Tatya Tope, Charles Eugène de Croÿ, and Yevgeni Ivanovich Alekseyev. After him are Gylippus, Dimitrios Ioannidis, Pedro Eugenio Aramburu, Chabrias, Zygmunt Berling, and Ulrich Graf.

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Among people born in 1689, Blas de Lezo ranks 10Before him are Jacques I, Prince of Monaco, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Samuel Bellamy, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, Prince William, Duke of Gloucester, and Archduchess Maria Magdalena of Austria. After him are Alexis Piron, Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer, Jan Klemens Branicki, and William Adam. Among people deceased in 1741, Blas de Lezo ranks 13Before him are Jethro Tull, Pauline Félicité de Mailly-Nesle, Jean-Baptiste Rousseau, Wirich Philipp von Daun, Victor Amadeus I, Prince of Carignano, and Anna Maria Franziska of Saxe-Lauenburg. After him are Alvise Pisani, Georg Rafael Donner, Bernard de Montfaucon, Charles Rollin, Wilhelm Heinrich, Duke of Saxe-Eisenach, and Johann Amman.

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Among people born in Spain, Blas de Lezo ranks 757 out of 2,932Before him are Álvaro Morte (1975), Antonio de Ulloa (1716), Míchel (1963), Félix Candela (1910), Leopoldo Alas (1852), and Antonio de la Cruz (1947). After him are Alfonso II, Count of Provence (1180), Leopoldo O'Donnell, 1st Duke of Tetuán (1809), Manuel Valls (1962), Víctor Erice (1940), Pedro Cieza de León (1520), and Sunifred, Count of Barcelona (805).


Among military personnels born in Spain, Blas de Lezo ranks 15Before him are Inés Suárez (1507), Alonso Pérez de Guzmán y Sotomayor, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia (1550), Álvaro de Bazán, 1st Marquess of Santa Cruz (1526), Francisco Gómez de Sandoval, 1st Duke of Lerma (1553), Gaius Laelius (-300), and Serena (365). After him are José Miaja (1878), Agustina de Aragón (1786), Francisco Hernández de Córdoba (1475), George Meade (1815), Juan Yagüe (1891), and Cristóbal de Olid (1487).