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PORTUONDO, Bernardo (por-twon'-do), Cuban soldier, born in Santiago de Cuba in 1840. He went to Spain when very young, was educated in Madrid, entered the army as a military engineer, and took part in the war against Morocco. In 1.862 he was appointed professor in the College of military engineers. In 1864 the government sent him to Denmark to report on the war between that country and Germany and Austria. In 1865 he returned to Cuba, where he superintended the construction of several important public works. He went back to Spain in 1874, in 1879 he was elected to represent his native city in the Spanish cortes, and he has since been an active member of the Cuban Liberal home-rule party in that body. He also assisted to bring about the abolition of slavery in the Spanish West Indies. He has published "Tratado de Arquitectura"; "Estudios de Or-ganizaeiones militates extranjeras"; " Descripcion de varias plazas de guerra"; and" Empleo del hierro en las fortificaciones."
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