Spanish military, son of Miguel José Basurto and Velázquez de Cuéllar and Josefa Andrea de Vargas Machuca and Davila, heir to the marquisate of Casa-Vargas, born 11 March 1769 in Jerez de la Frontera.
He obtained the grade of midshipman on 2 June 1782 and sailed under the command of brigadier Vicente Tofiño in its Scientific Committee for the elaboration of plans and maps. In 1789 he studied education at the Academy of Midshipmen in Cadiz.
He participated in the war against the French Republic, in the squares of roses and Toulon, between 1793 and 1794. During the next three years he traveled the seas of North America, and contributed to the defense of El Ferrol from English attacks. Participating in the combat against the Admiral Nelson, the 11 August 1805 was made prisoner and taken to Gibraltar. It didn't take long to return to Cadiz and from the Bay of this city took part in the surrender of the French squadron between 9 and 14 June 1808. Two years later he was Assistant of the Regency. October 4, 1811 he was appointed to the Commission of agreement and registration of the merchant marine. It also assumed duties of naval historian. In 1815 it was captain.
He is author of the Marine Plan, the first in its kind, appeared in Jerez de la Frontera in 1821 (although it was written in 1817), as well as of the economy Plan, building national wealth and only direct contribution plan, written around 1821.
It was part of a Royal Commission that was formed to write the history of the war of independence. In 1823 retired active duty but he was still Director of the society Jerezana of friends of the country in 1834. That same year he also held the position of Secretary of the Navy section of the Royal Council.
The degree of marine brigadier was awarded may 14, 1835, and was awarded the Gran Cruz de San Hermenegildo may 25, 1835.
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