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Felix Del Rey (kal-la'-ha) Count De Calderon Calleja
CALLEJA, Fe1ix del Rey (kal-la'-ha), Count DE CALDERON, Spanish general, born in 1750; died about 1821. After being treasurer of the council of the Indies in America, he commanded, in 1810, at San Luis Potosi, Mexico, when he was ordered to loursue the insurgent Hidalgo, who was advancing on the capital with a large native force. Easily defeating him, he carried Guanajuato by assault, and on 12 January. 1812, defeated and mortally wounded him at Guadalajara. He gained other advantages, but his cruelty caused the insurrection to become much more formidable; and, under Father Morelos, another Mexican chief, the success was balanced between the two parties. Calleja was made viceroy, 4 March, 1813; ordered Morelos, who had been made prisoner, to be shot, 22 December, 1815; was succeeded in his viceroyship in 1817, and, returning to Spain, was made a count. In 1819 he was given the command of troops destined to act against the independents of Paraguay, but was taken prisoner by Riego, and confined in the isle of Leon, dying soon after recovering his liberty.
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