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Today, Cadiz is known for its beauty, elegance, architecture, and history.
People Born in Cadiz
Cadiz in People's Lives
Charles Hector d'Estaing: After my adventurous military days had ended, I was sent here as the head of an ambassador fleet, in 1784. While we were sailing there, a peace treaty was reached, so I never negotiated or got a chance to test my diplomatic skills.
Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra: I traveled here from my birthplace of Lima, Peru in 1762, at the age of 18. I was sent to a Spanish naval academy, attending for four years from 1763 - 1767. Upon my graduation, I was made a frigate ensign officer. I worked hard to become a respected memeber of the Spanish Navy, but was often passed over or left unrecognized due to the fact that I had not been born in Spain. I was promoted to ship ensign in 1773, and ship lieutenant in 1774. In 1775, I finally got a chance to go on a meaningful expedition - serving under a captain to explore the Pacific Northwest. Despite the fact that I outranked many other men on the voyage, I was given a lower position. Though frustrated by the class prejudices I seemed to constantly be battling, I eagerly accepted a chance to prove myself on an adventurous voyage of discovery, and left this city at the age of 31.
Viggo Mortensen: I filmed Alatriste here in 2006.