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FINES, Ambrosio de Villalpando (feemes), count of Ricla, captain general of Cuba, born in Zaragoza, Spain, in 1720; died in Madrid in 1780. He entered the army, and in 1760 represented Spain at the court of Russia. In July 1763, after the peace between England and Spain was signed at Paris, the count of Ricla took possession of the Island of Cuba, in the name of the king of Spain, as governor and captain general. He filled this high office until September 1766, and during his short administration repaired the fortifications of the City of Havana, laid the foundations of the great fortress known as "La Cabafia," organized the department of finances, the police, the militia, the hospitals, and in 1764 founded "La Gaceta de la Havana." One of the most important Streets in Havana is called for him "Calle de Ricla."
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