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Barrosa Hill monument

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » December 22nd, 2011, 2:49 pm

The Battle of Barrosa/Chiclana deserves to be better known and Barrosa Hill, known locally as Cerro or Loma de Puerco, deserves to be more easily found.

It's on the coast south of Cádiz and these are the GPS coordinates: 36 20 13 82N 06 09 23 64W

The Spanish government, driven by Victor from Seville, took refuge in Cádiz. 5 March 1811, 2600 British were victorious over 4000 French when Victor tried to take Cádiz. An Imperial Eagle was captured.

It's interesting that the plaque beside the monument, in Spanish, English, French and German, each names the conflict differently. From Peninsular War to Napoleonic Wars [French] and Napoleonic War [German]. The Spanish chose to refer to Napoleon's soldiers rather than their Guerra de la Independencia.
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Re: Barrosa Hill monument

Postby OXFORDMON » December 22nd, 2011, 4:42 pm

I've never been to Barrosa, should make the effort really, my favourite quote from Serg Masterson when he took the eagle
"bejabbers boys, i've got the cuckoo" :lol: classic!

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Re: Barrosa Hill monument

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » December 24th, 2011, 2:26 pm

When you go, visit too the Jardines del General Graham where a bust of the hero of the Battle of Barrosa was erected last year. GPS N 36 22 48 W 06 11 30 Thanks for the quotation - hadn't heard that. It's featured on the Royal Irish Fusiliers' display in the Chiclana museum. Sarah

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Re: Barrosa Hill monument

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » January 4th, 2012, 2:34 pm

There's also a new monument at the Berjema end of the beach where General La Pena held his Spanish troops during the Battle of Barrosa/Chiclana. You can see the brown, stone Bermeja tower rising above the pine trees on the left side of the photo. GPS N 36 22 29 W 06 11 22
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Re: Barrosa Hill monument

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Re: Barrosa Hill monument

Postby FBC-Elvas, Portugal » April 21st, 2012, 6:29 am

Thank you for this. Barrosa pulled out all the stops for their bicentennial and to honour Gen. Graham.

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