Biography of Domingo Monteverde (1773-1832)

Military Spanish, born in La Laguna (Canary Islands) in 1773, and died in San Fernando in 1832. Graduated in Cadiz in 1789 and thereafter participated in numerous companies that earned him continuous promotions in the military career. Among their first campaigns is that fought against the French Republic, under the orders of general Gravina, in 1793; It specifically, distinguished himself in the defence of Rosas, in which participated to the accountability of the square. At the end of the confrontation, with the signing of the peace of Basel, he/she was promoted to Alférez de navio. He/She later participated in combat against the English Navy Admiral Jerwis and in 1800, in El Ferrol defense against the English expedition.

In 1801, he/she embarked to America for the first time; He/She then returned to Spain, and in 1805, took part in the battle of Trafalgar, again under the command of Gravina. In 1808, during the Peninsular War, confronted the French squadron led by Admiral Rossilly as lieutenant and then went on to command the battalions that were forming against the French invaders. His participation in the battle of Talavera earned him promotion to captain of frigate and an award of distinction. He/She fell, however, wounded at the battle of Ocaña, yet continued paddling in retreat with the army up to the throats of Sierra Morena.

In 1810, as captain, he/she embarked to Havana and Puerto Rico, and from the Islands to the Venezuelan coasts. He/She then arrived to the province of Coro, and there it was aware of the insurrection against the real power that spread like wildfire by throughout Venezuela. Monteverde then became the main promoter of the realistic reaction against the Venezuelan Patriots. He/She distinguished himself in the sites of typical, Caracas, Valencia, Barinas, Trujillo and San Carlos, and won important victories over the troops of Francisco de Miranda, Generalissimo of the patriot army, and some on Simón Bolívar. The fall of the plaza of Puerto Cabello, favored by a revolt of royalists arrested there, helped increase its prestige, but finally was badly hurt and returned to Spain, where before his death were granted the great cross of Isabel the Catholic and San Fernando.