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Jorge Farragut

George Farragut
William Swain, 27 Dec 1803 - Feb 1847
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Unidentified Artist
George Farragut, 1755 - 1817
early-mid 19th Century
Oil on canvas
74.9 x 61.9cm (29 1/2 x 24 3/8")
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Owner: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
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Known as Jorge before he anglicized his first name, George Farragut, who was born in Minorca, left Spain as a young man to become a merchant marine. He was soon promoted to the command of a small Spanish boat that conducted trade between Havana, Veracruz, and New Orleans. At the beginning of the American Revolution, Farragut joined the colonists' struggle for independence as a first lieutenant in the South Carolina navy. He fought the British at Savannah and was captured in Charleston in 1780. After being released in a prisoner exchange, he fought at the battles of Cowpens and Wilmington. By the end of the war, Farragut was a major in the cavalry. Farragut is an example of the numerous Hispanic soldiers and sailors who fought in the American Revolution. He is, however, perhaps best known as the father of Admiral David Glasgow Farragut.
Conocido como Jorge antes de cambiar su nombre a la forma inglesa, George Farragut nació en Menorca y dejó España muy joven para hacerse marino mercante. Pronto ascendió al mando de un pequeño barco español que comerciaba entre La Habana, Veracruz y Nueva Orleans. Al principio de la Revolución Americana, Farragut se unió a la lucha por la independencia de los colonos como primer teniente de marina en Carolina del Sur. Luchó contra los ingleses en Savannah, y fue tomado prisionero en Charleston en 1780. Después de ser liberado en un intercambio de prisioneros, luchó en las batallas de Cowpens y Wilmington. Para el fin de la guerra, Farragut había ascendido a comandante de caballería. Farragut es un ejemplo de los numerosos soldados y marineros hispanos que lucharon en la Revolución Americana. Sin embargo, quizás sea mejor conocido como el padre del Almirante David Glasgow Farragut.
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Catalog of American Portraits
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