General Bernardo de Gálvez was a highly decorated Spanish military leader serving as Governor of the Louisiana in 1777. Before Spain allied with the Revolutionary War efforts, Governor Gálvez secretly supported the American Revolution cause by closing the Mississippi River to British shipping, thus shutting down all supplies to the English forces. When Spain officially joined the colonist's cause in 1779, now General Gálvez began an eastward campaign originating in New Orleans to drive British forces from the Mississippi River Valley and from their gulf coast forts. After taking the English forts of Baton Rouge, Natchez, and Mobile, Gálvez set his sights on Pensacola, a vital port and British stronghold on the Gulf Coast. The "Siege of Pensacola" is known as the longest battle of the American Revolution. Since 2007, Public Historian Nancy Fetterman has labored to support the legacy of General Bernardo de Gálvez. During this lecture, Nancy will explain the relationships that started this effort, including the teamwork that made Galvez a "Great Floridian," and the final delicious love story behind the equestrian monument on Palafox Street which honors Gálvez as the 8th "Honorary Citizen of the United States."