Exhibition: “Blas de Lezo, el valor de Mediohombre”
Centro Cultural de Jesús
Exhibition from the 6th to the 23rd of february.
Mondays to fridays from 16.00 to 21.00h
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 modern-day Colombia, 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, caught typhoid fever and had his left leg amputated in situ after being hit by the projectile of a cannon. He was known as Captain Pegleg and Half-man.