Pascual Cervera y Topete

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Admiral Pascual Cervera y Topete (18 February 1839, Medina-Sidonia, Cádiz, Spain – 3 April 1909, Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain) was a prominent Spanish naval officer with the rank of Almirante (admiral) who served in a number of high positions within the Spanish Navy and had fought in several wars during the 19th century. Having served in Morocco, the Philippines, and Cuba, he went on to be Spain's naval minister, chief of naval staff, naval attaché in London, the captain of several warships, and most notably, commander of the Cuba Squadron during the Spanish–American War. Although he believed that the Spanish Navy was suffering from multiple problems and that there was no chance for victory over the United States Navy, Cervera took command of the squadron and fought in a last stand during the Battle of Santiago de Cuba.

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Pascual Cervera
Minister of the Navy
In office
14 December 1892  23 March 1893
MonarchAlfonso XIII of Spain
Prime MinisterPráxedes Mateo Sagasta
Preceded byJosé López Domínguez
Succeeded byManuel Pasquín de Juan
Personal details
Born(1839-02-18)February 18, 1839
Medina-Sidonia, Cádiz province, Spain
DiedApril 3, 1909(1909-04-03) (aged 70)
Puerto Real, Cádiz province, Spain
Resting placePanteón de Marinos Ilustres, San Fernando, Cádiz province, Spain
Military service
AllegianceFlag_of_Spain_%281785%E2%80%931873%2C_1875%E2%80%931931%29.svg Spain
Branch/serviceNaval_jack_of_Spain.svg Spanish Navy
Years of service1858–1907
Rank3arm.png Almirante (Admiral)
CommandsNavy Staff
Cuba Squadron
Ministry of the Navy
Cartagena harbor
Battleship Pelayo
Corvette Ferolana
Corvette Santa Lucia
Schooner Circe
Battles/warsTen Years' War

Spanish–Moroccan War Spanish–Moro conflict

  • Storming of Fort Paganlungan

Third Carlist War

Spanish–American War