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CORREA, Antonio, Porto Rican soldier, born in the latter part of the 17th century. He entered the army quite young, and when he was captain of the local militia was put in command of the small garrison in Arecibo in 1702. On 5 August of that year the English, having resolved to undertake the conquest of the island of Porto Rico, attacked Arecibo with a small squadron and some land forces. Correa at once gathered his men, pretended to retreat, went to a wood where they had their horses, and when an English column approached the place it was suddenly and fiercely attacked and driven back to the shore, where many were killed, even after they reached the boats. Correa lost but one man killed and three wounded. All the survivors were rewarded with special honors by the king of Spain. The British gave up their attempt to seize the island.
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