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Gérard Dufour

Daoíz and Velarde and Dos de Mayo URL: http://www.march.es/conferencias/anteriores/voz.aspx?p1=22482&l=2

DAOIZ AND VELARDE AND THE SECOND OF MAY

In this conference, after examining the military career of the artillery captains Luis Daoiz and Pedro Velarde Santiyán, we will specify which was the attitude of these two official in the days prior to the Second of May of 1808. Later, we will expose their participation in the defense of the Monteleón park and the conditions under which they were killed, evaluating the different significance of the behavior of one and the other. Finally, we will study the conditions under which Daoiz and Velarde, already in the middle of the Independence War, were elevated to the category of national heroes and became two of the most important symbols of the Indomitable Nation myth.

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